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Jarryd Wallace
​​U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Team
Jarryd Wallace is not your typical high school track star turned professional athlete. His pursuit of world-class athletics took a detour at age 18 when he was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome. In what should have been his first year as a Division 1 athlete, Wallace faced the decision of having his leg amputated. While most people saw tragedy, Wallace came to understand his circumstances in different terms. He views life as a process of discovering one’s own potential — one that is not defined by stop watches, gold medals or financial windfalls. Instead, he believes in the spirit of living life to the fullest regardless of circumstances.

Since his surgery, Wallace, a Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist, has competed in three Paralympic Games, set four World Records and became a three-time World Championship gold medalist. In addition to his athletic career, Wallace is focused on developing affordable running blades to help increase access and opportunities for other amputees to be active. Wallace currently lives in Watkinsville, Georgia, with his wife, Lea, and their son, Levi.
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