Freddie De Los Santos

Freddie De Los Santos


The Backstory:
Freddie De Los Santos lost his right leg above the knee in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan. During his long and trying recovery, a member from Achilles International introduced him to handcycling. De Los Santos’ first competitive ride was a three-hour marathon that left him exhausted but reinvigorated. He qualified for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio and finished fourth in the road race there. The following year he won a silver medal at the World Championships. He has competed at four World Championships overall. A native of the Dominican Republic, De Los Santos remains an active-duty Army member.

Away from cycling:
Before enlisting in the Army, De Los Santos worked as a graphic designer and still enjoys expressing his creativity, whether through graphic design or painting. He uses art to express his emotions and convey the experiences he had during his time enlisted that aren’t easy to speak about. De Los Santos also enjoys decompressing and spending time with his family.

In their own words:
“You learn that there’s no limits. When you bring God into your life and let God guide you, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

 “Everybody represents the country in different ways, some guys do it nationally, some guys do it internationally—as soldiers—and some people like to do it in other areas, like in a friendly way, which is sports, and I love it,”

“I want to continue serving. I just changed the mission into something different, so now I represent the country in para-cycling.”

Learn more:
Team USA Page
CAF Page
Team USA: “October a time of Celebration for Para Cyclist Freddie De Los Santos”
NBC News: “Inspired to Serve After 9/11, Latino Veteran and Para-Cyclist Proud to Represent U.S.”


Prior Paralympics: 2016



  • Sport: Cycling
  • Limb Difference: Right above knee
  • DOB: 10/17/69
  • Residence: Hopewell Junction, NY
  • College: City College of New York
  • Classification: MH5


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