Jeremy Campbell

Jeremy Campbell

The Backstory:
Campbell has broken the world record for discus multiple times in his career, most recently in May at the Desert Challenge Games. A congenital amputee (fibular hemimelia), he set his first world record in 2012, becoming the first para athlete to break the 60-meter barrier. He won gold in the event at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics and holds four World Championship gold medals. Campbell also was honored as Best Male Athlete With a Disability by ESPN in 2013. In 2008 he earned a gold medal in pentathlon, which has since been discontinued as a Paralympic discipline.

Away from the track:
Campbell is an avid reader, moviegoer, and golfer. His brother Caleb played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions.

In their own words:
“What we do isn’t a feel-good story. We’re athletes. We’re really breaking some boundaries and while doing that we’re overcoming all these obstacles, so in some ways it’s even more of a story than an able-bodied running with the same time. It’s just fascinating how we overcome these obstacles. So I think that once it does grow up a little here in the United States, it’s going to be big.”

“I grew up in a very athletic home. [Limb loss] never really held me back. From a physical standpoint, this is all I’ve ever known, so I didn’t have to relearn anything and I’ve never really had to excessively adapt to anything. Constantly being around sports and competition, I just adopted that mindset as if it was first nature.”

Learn more:
Team USA page
IPC page
O&P Edge, “Jeremy Campbell on Breaking Boundaries”
Meaww.com, “Jeremy Campbell Is Confident of Taking on Able-Bodied Athletes”

TEAM USA

Prior Paralympics: 2008, 2012, 2016

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  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Limb Difference: Right  below knee
  • DOB: 8/19/87
  • Residence: Perryton, TX
  • College: University of Central Oklahoma
  • Classification: F64

 

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