Name: Will Groulx
Classification: WH1 (cycling)
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.
Current Residence: Portland, Ore.
High School: Northwest High School (Clarksville, Tenn.)
College: University of Tennessee
• 2012 Paralympic Games - bronze (wheelchair rugby)
• 2008 Paralympic Games - gold (wheelchair rugby)
• 2004 Paralympic Games - bronze (wheelchair rugby)
• 2015: Parapan American Games, gold (time trial), silver (road race);
• 2013: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 2nd (road race), 3rd (time trial); UCI Para-cycling World Cup - Matane, 2nd (road race), 2nd (time trial); UCI Para-cycling World Cup Cantimpalos, 3rd (road race), 3rd (time trial); USA Cycling Amateur & Para Road Nationals, 1st (road race,), 1st (time trial); Greenville Para Cycling Open , 2nd (time trial)
• 2012: Canada Cup (wheelchair rugby), 1st
• 2010: World Championships (wheelchair rugby), 1st (All-Tournament 2.0); USQRA Athlete of the Year
• 2009: Nominated for ESPY (Best Male Athlete with a Disability)
• 2008: Canada Cup (wheelchair rugby), 1st; North American Cup, 2nd
• 2006: World Championships (wheelchair rugby), 1st; Canada Cup (wheelchair rugby), 1st
Navy veteran Will Groulx began his Paralympic career not in para-cycling, but in the notoriously physical sport of wheelchair rugby. Groulx is a three-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair rugby, having earned gold at the 2008 Games and bronze in both 2004 and 2012. In 2012, he captained the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team. Following his rugby success at the London Games, Groulx decided to turn his handcycling hobby into a competitive career, ultimately finishing on the podium twice at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.
Groulx served in the United States Navy from 1995-2001. He is the son of William and Jean Groulx, has three sisters, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Amy. Groulx injured his spinal cord in a motorcycle accident in 2001. In 2009 he was nominated for an ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability and was named U.S. Quad Rugby Association Athlete of the Year in 2010.
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