Grace Norman

Grace Norman


The Backstory:
Norman ran able-bodied track and field during high school and was highly successful, becoming the first female amputee in Ohio history finish on the podium at the state track meet. By then she was already a standout paratriathlete. Norman won her first national paratriathlon title while still in high school and qualified for the 2016 Paralympics in both track and paratriathlon just after graduating. At the Rio Games, she took gold in the PTS5 classification, while winning two consecutive Paratriathlon World Championship titles in 2016-17.

Away from the racecourse:
Norman holds a nursing degree from Cedarville University. She also is an accomplished pianist and singer.

In their own words:
“The Paralympics is the biggest stage that I can compete on. Going into Tokyo, it is a lot harder to stay on top. Once you achieve that, you kind of get a big target on her back.”

“I’m definitely very excited to use my nursing career for the betterment of others. It made me excited that I had chosen a major that could be readily used.”

Learn more:
Team USA page
IPC page
Popsugar, “Grace Norman Hopes to Defend Paralympic Title, Then Save Lives”
Dayton Daily News, “‘Amazing Grace’ Headed Back to Second Paralympic Games”


Prior Paralympics: 2016

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  • Sport: Triathlon
  • Limb Difference: Congenital below knee
  • DOB: 3/9/98
  • Residence: Jamestown, OH
  • College: Cedarville University
  • Classification: PTS4