Sports: Track & Field
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Currently Resides: Watkinsville, Georgia
Birthdate: May 15, 1990
Social Media: Twitter: @wallace_jarryd; Instagram: @wallace_jarryd Facebook: JarrydWallace
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Tundra
Paralympic History: 2012, 2016
- World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, gold (200m), bronze (100m)
- Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 5th (100m)
- IPC Athletics World Championship Lyon 2013, gold (200m, 4x100m)
- Paralympic Games London 2012, 6th (400m)
About Jarryd Wallace
A high school state champion in the 800m and 1,600m, Jarryd Wallace grew up in an athletic family as the son of a collegiate tennis coach (his father) and former all-conference distance runner at the University of Georgia (his mother). His pursuit of world-class athletics, however, took a detour when he was 18 years old and diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome.
In what should have been Wallace’s first year as a Division-1 athlete, he now faced the decision of having his leg amputated. While conducting online research, Wallace came across the world record list for Paralympic Track & Field, subsequently showing his parents and telling them that his name would be there.
Within 12 weeks of his amputation, Wallace had his first running blade and just 16 months after his amputation, he won his first major international gold medal and set a world-leading time at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Since his surgery, Wallace has competed in two Paralympic Games, set four world records and became a three-time World Championship gold medalist. In short, he never allowed a “disability” to define him and encourages others to lead their best life without self-imposed limits.
After taking six years off from school, Wallace graduated from The University of Georgia in 2019 with a degree in Communication. He and his wife, Lea, have one son, Levi.
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