Allyssa Seely entered the world of triathlons through her collegiate triathlon team. Before limb loss, she was a nationally ranked able-bodied triathlete. In 2010, Seely was diagnosed with Chiara II malformation and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which impacted her brain, spine, and connective tissues. Complications of these disorders eventually necessitated amputation of her left leg below the knee in 2013. When she was able to return to competition, Seely thrived as a paratriathlete. She went on to become a three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion (2015, 2016, 2018) and the 2016 Paralympic gold medalist.
Away from competing:
Seely spends as much time as possible with her service dog, Mowgli. She also collects postcards and miniature silver spoons from each stop on her competition itinerary. In 2019 Seely was awarded with an ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
In their own words:
“If you have a dream and a desire to do it, you’ll find a way to make it happen.”
“I really fell in love with the sport, the culture, the community. I stuck around for a lot longer than I anticipated!”
Prior Paralympics: 2016
- Sport: Track & Field
- Limb Difference: Left below knee
- DOB: 1/4/89
- Residence: Glendale, AZ
- College: Arizona State University
- Classification: PT2/T36