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 and former all-conference distance runner at the University of Georgia. 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 become 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, are expecting their first child –a boy –due October 2019.
Sports: Track & Field
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Currently Resides: Watkinsville, Ga.
Birthdate: May 15, 1990
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Tundra
Paralympic History: 2012, 2016
- Paralympic Games London 2012
- IPC Athletics World Championship Lyon 2013, gold (200m, 4x100m)
- Paralympic Games Rio 2016
- World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, gold (200m), bronze (100m)
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