Beatriz Hatz

Beatriz Hatz

 

The Backstory:
Born without a fibula bone in her right leg, Hatz when through a total of 11 surgeries during childhood, including one in which plates were placed in her knees to straighten them out. She got into high school sports after being dared by a friend, but quickly realized it was much more than that. After making varsity and getting encouragement from her coach, Hatz looked into competing at a higher level. She won two gold medals and silver at the 2017 Junior World Championships, was named the US Paralympic High School Athlete of the Year in 2018, and made her World Championship debut in 2019, making the finals in both the 100 and 200 meters. She is making her Paralympic debut in 2021.

Away from track:
A Colorado native, Hatz enjoys snowboarding, skiing, and soccer. She graduated from D’Evelyn High School in 2019.

In their own words:
“When you are not on the track, someone else is. Work hard every day.”

“The kid in the lane next to me will kind of make a face like, ‘Oh, it’s the kid with one leg. I don’t have to worry about her.’ By the end of the race I have to gain respect, I don’t automatically have it. Once I beat somebody, they kind of let themselves back.”

“I really don’t like pity and I’ve seen people say, ‘Oh I feel so bad for you’ Don’t feel bad for me. I can do everything you can do,”

“I just like proving them wrong. I don’t showboat about it. … it just makes me feel good that I represent the disabled community that way.”

Learn more:
Team USA Page
IPC Page
CBS Denver: “Track Athlete Beatriz Hatz Making Wavess, Shoots For 2020 Paralympics”
Columbine Courier: “A tip of the Hatz: D’Evelyn senior, Paralympian making a name for herself”
Your Hub: “My Name is Beatriz: D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School Para Athlete”

TEAM USA

1st-time Paralympian

 

 

  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Limb Difference: 
  • DOB: 10/7/00
  • Residence: Lakewood, CO
  • School: D’Evelyn High School
  • Classification: T64

 

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