Athlete Year of Birth: 1989
Athlete Lives: Tempe United States
WTS Ranking: No Ranking
ITU Points List:: No Ranking
Type of Impairment
In 2010 she was diagnosed with chiari malformation and basilar invagination, a congenital anomaly where the base of the skull and the top of the spine are incorrectly formed, causing dystonia in her leg and foot, affecting her movement. Due to deterioration of the problem, her left foot was amputated in August 2013.
Start of sporting career
She began the sport in 2008 as an able-bodied athlete when she joined the triathlon club at her college.
Reason for taking up this sport
She had fun at her first triathlon and enjoyed meeting new people. “I couldn’t wait to do another one.”
To compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Sporting philosophy / motto
“If you have a dream and a desire to do it, you’ll find a way to make it happen.”
FROM TRIATHLON TO PARA-TRIATHLON
After starting triathlons in 2008, she began to feel ill but believed the symptoms were due to fatigue from a busy school and training schedule. Over the next few years her ability to walk began to deteriorate, until she was finally diagnosed with her condition in 2010. She had surgery to correct the problem, which required her to learn to walk and run again, and she was able to return to triathlons in 2011. However, her condition deteriorated and the spasticity in her foot continued, so she opted to have her left foot amputated in August 2013. She has since become passionate about promoting sport to people living with impairments. “I’m really passionate about my sport and I’m really passionate about getting people with disabilities active.”
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Athlete Tri Entry Year: 2014
Athlete Education: Biology, Exercise and Health Science, Psychology - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Athlete Hobbies: Outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and rock climbing, teaching dance, cooking, reading scientific journals and DIY projects.
Athlete Coach: Bettina Warnholtz