Paralympic Triathlon Gold Medalist + Track & Field Bronze Medalist - '16 Rio Games
Grace Norman Career Highlights
- 2016 Paralympic Gold and Bronze Medalist (Triathlon and Track and Field)
- Five-time ITU Paratriathlon World Championships medalist (2 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronzes)
- Two-time USA Paratriathlon National Champion (2014, 2019)
- Nine-time ITU World Paratriathlon Event medalist (4 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze)
- Four-time Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Champion (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Grace was born with congenital constriction band syndrome in her left leg at birth, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg and right big toe below the knee when she was young. Norman competed in track & field and cross country in high school, where she became the first female amputee to finish on the podium at a high school track & field state championship.
Her triathlon career began with a mini triathlon in Ohio, and her first elite ITU paratriathlon race was in 2014. In 2015, Norman was named the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field High School Female Athlete of the Year. She considers her older sister and her coach Wesley Johnson to be the biggest role models in her life. She is currently a member of the track & field team at Cedarville University in Ohio, where she is also studying to become a nurse. In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing the piano.
Incredibly, Norman competed in both track & field and paratriathlon (and medaled in both!) at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, becoming the first U.S. athlete to win gold in paratriathlon’s debut as a Paralympic medal event. Norman reflects on winning gold in Rio to be the proudest moment of her career. She currently holds the world records for the 800-meter and 1,500-meter in the T44 classification for track & field.
With the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games now postponed to 2021 as well as Grace graduating from University and thus not subject to NCAA regulations regarding sponsorship, there has never been a better timeto strategically partner with a proven winner and more important, a remarkable, inspiring, well-spoken female athlete whose mission is to motivate every disabled kid out there to be unafraid!