Name: Joe Berenyi
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling, Track Cycling
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race, Pursuit, Team Sprint
Classification: MC3
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
DOB: 11/12/1968
Birthplace: Aurora, Ill.
Hometown: Aurora, Ill.
High School: Aurora Central Catholic (Aurora, Ill.) ‘87
College: Waubonsee Community College ‘89, Business Administration
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016); Three-time Paralympic medalist (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (individual pursuit), silver (individual time trial) bronze (team sprint)
  • Set a world record at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in individual pursuit
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2016 – Track – gold (time trial), gold (pursuit), 4th (team sprint), 6th (scratch)
  • Years of Participation: Track – 2014, 2015, 2016; Road – 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Medals: 6 (4 gold, 2 silver)
  • Gold – 2015 (time trial, pursuit), 2016 (time trial, pursuit)
  • Silver – 2014 (pursuit), 2015 (scratch)
Personal: Berenyi first fell in love with cycling in the early 90’s and found success in a handful of amateur races, but in 1994 he put his bike away when a construction accident cost him his right arm and left kneecap. Nearly 13 years later, Berenyi decided to join some of his neighbors for a ride, and from there his love of cycling was reignited. Berenyi only had three years of experience riding at the national level when he went on to win three medals and set a world record at the London 2012 Paralympic Games....Son of Joe and Dolores Berenyi…Has one brother, Dan, and one sister, Lori…Married Jill Berenyi on Oct. 7, 1995…Has three daughters, Syd, Gwen and Tatum…Hobbies include reading and woodwork…Was named the USOC’s men’s Paralympic Athlete of the Year in 2015…Was nominated for an ESPY in 2015 in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability category.