Nick Rogers was born with bilateral fibular hemimelia, resulting in amputation of both legs below the knee during infancy. It wasn’t until he met future teammate Regas Wood that Rogers discovered his potential on the track. He made slow progress at first, but after receiving his first pair of running blades with the help of the Never Say Never Foundation, he started gaining people’s attention. Rogers made his Paralympic debut in 2016 at the Rio Games, where he placed 5th in the 400m and 8th in the 100m. He won bronze medals at both of the ensuing World Championships (2017, 2019).
Away from the track:
Rogers is passionate about working with nonprofits and using his story to help people work through their own adaptive journeys. In the future, he hopes to become a physical therapist for veterans.
In their own words:
“I always viewed it as something that was unattainable for me. And receiving those and then running on them for the first time was just joy, pure joy. And then I was just so excited because I felt like I was on a level playing field (with able-bodied competitors).”
“I love working with nonprofits. I love to use my story to get ahold of any people that are in similar situations as me, to show that they can truly do anything they can put their mind to.”
Prior Paralympics: 2016
- Sport: Track & Field
- Limb Difference: Bilateral below knee
- DOB: 8/23/96
- Residence: Bingham, ME
- Classification: T62/F62