Jake Schrom

Jake Schrom

The Backstory:
Jacob Schrom lost his right leg in a car accident during the summer of his junior year at Penn State. After seven months of rehab, he returned to Penn State to finish his degree and was introduced to the world of Paralympic sport. He settled on powerlifting and made his international debut in the 2010 PC Powerlifting World Championships. He’s been working his way up through the ranks ever since, a journey that included a gold medal at the 2015 IPC Open Americas Championships. Schrom placed 5th in his weight class at the 2020 World Championships, cementing his status as a podium contender for Tokyo.  He is seeking his first Paralympic medal.

Away from lifting:
Schrom is a landscape designer for his family’s business and is very active in the amputee community. He is a Certified Peer Visitor for the Amputee Coalition.

In their own words:
“I have learned that we reap what we sow. In other words, we get out of life what we put into it.”

“Prior to my accident, I did not know any amputees, and I had no clue what to expect. Meeting with fellow amputees really helped show me a life full of activity is possible. The more I saw people succeeding and being active, the more determined I was to do the same thing and the more hope I had.”

“Life as an amputee, especially if you wear a prosthesis, can be just like an able-bodied person. The only difference for me is I put a leg on in the morning, and I just figure out a way to adapt to whatever I need to do.”

Learn more:
Team USA Page
IPC Page
Penn Live: “Jake Schrom helps new amputees accept limb loss”
Logan University Leaders Made: “Jacob Schrom”
Disabled Powerlifting: “Jacob Schrom Results from 2016-2020”
Open Powerlifting: “Jacob Schom Competition Results”
Jacob Schrom Inc: “About Me”


1st-time Paralympian



  • Sport: Powerlifting
  • Limb Difference: Right above knee
  • DOB: 3/22/88
  • Residence: Carlisle, PA
  • College: Penn State
  • Previous Games:
  • Classification: 107 kg