Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Currently Resides: Princeton, New Jersey
Birthdate: February 29, 1984
Social Media: Twitter: @BradSnyderUSA; Instagram: @bradsnyderusa; Facebook: BradSnyderUSA
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Tacoma
Paralympic History: 2012, 2016
- 2021 Americas Triathlon Para Championships Pleasant Prairie, first place (first elite paratriathlon victory)
- 2021 Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships, first place
- 2019 CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships, third place
- Paralympic Games Rio 2016, gold (50m free, 100m free, 400m free), silver (100m back) and broke a World Record in the 100m free that previously stood for more than thirty years
- Paralympic Games London 2012, gold (100m free, 400m free), silver (50m free)
About Brad Snyder
The son of Valarie Snyder and the late Michael Snyder, Brad Snyder grew up as a natural swimmer and used this ability throughout his life, including at the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated with a degree in Naval Architecture. Now retired, Snyder served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer.
On September 7, 2011, Snyder’s life changed after he stepped on an improvised explosive device while serving in the U.S. Navy. The accident did not harm his arms or legs; however, his eyes were removed and replaced with prosthetics. One year later, Snyder returned to the pool and went on to claim gold in the men’s S11 400m freestyle event at the Paralympic Games London 2012. At that same games, Snyder was chosen as Team USA’s flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony and was later designated as the honorary torch bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2013 Warrior Games.
Deciding he’d accomplished his top goals in swimming after his second Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, Snyder transitioned to paratriathlon for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. In 2016, he wrote and released his first book, “Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory.”
In fall 2020, Snyder began a Ph.D. program in public policy at Princeton University. He was selected as a 2020 Pat Tillman Scholar, an honor that recognizes military members who exhibit a commitment to public service and who carry the four values of service, scholarship, humble leadership and impact. He currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey, with his beautiful wife Sara and charming guide dog Mr T.
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