Create Your New Normal
I won the Paralympic silver medal just 6 years after having my left leg amputated. A world class athlete who qualified for two Olympic Trials, and a prospect for Army Officer School, I was on the success career path. The injury temporarily halted my career until I found my new normal. After trying to figure out my new identity and answering a boat load of questions like (who am I now; will my wife still love me; will my son see me as Dad; do I still have a job in the Army?) I qualified for two Paralympic Games (Olympic Competition for athletes with physical disabilities) and won the Paralympic Long Jump Silver Medal in Sydney, Australia while setting the American record in the process. I am now a change management expert in strategic communication and always use the platform of my amputation to inspire others. My most memorable accomplishment is Founding the United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sport Program which shows wounded, ill, and injured veterans how to use sport as a tool for their rehabilitation. And, I am a home-made funnel cake connoisseur.