Josh Cinnamo

Josh Cinnamo

The Backstory:
Though Josh Cinnamo was born with no arm below his elbow, he grew up playing sports. He started playing soccer at a young age, played football in high school, and then found track and field in college. After graduating college, he started participating in CrossFit in 2011 as a way to stay active. In 2014 he returned to the track at the Gateway to Gold competition, began competing internationally soon thereafter, and set a world record in shotput for classification F46 in 2017. Cinnamo has broken his own record three times since then and is the current world-record holder with a distance of 16.80 meters. The Tokyo Games will mark his first Paralympic appearance.

Away from the track:
Cinnamo enjoys spending time with his wife and family, whether that’s being in the stands at sporting events or relaxing outside. He is intentional about using his voice and platform to speak on issues he cares about and encourage others to pursue their passions.

In their own words:
“Don’t worry about leading from the front. Lead from where you are.”

“For me, sports were an opportunity to prove (mostly to myself) that I was as valuable an asset in sports as the next person. When you’re born with a built-in disadvantage, as most people see it, you seek an environment as tough as possible as a proving ground. Sports of the unorganized variety set the tone for my love of competition.”

“Afraid of failure? How do you even know what that feels like unless you’ve failed? I love failure. Failure equals success. It means I’ve pushed past my abilities. What’s more admirable than that?”

“The big surprise for me was how competitive everyone was. It blew me away, and from there I was hooked.”

Learn More:
IPC Page
Josh Cinnamo Page
Luther College: “World Record Holder”
Team USA: “Shot Putter Josh Cinnamo Breaks Own World Record To Win First World Title”
Team USA: “Josh Cinnamo Breaks His Own World Record To Close World Championships”


1st-time Paralympian



  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Limb Difference: Right below elbow
  • DOB: 2/18/81
  • Residence: San Diego, CA
  • College: Luther College
  • Classification: F46