Curtis Lovejoy

Swimming

Lovejoy
  • 1996
  • 2000
  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2012

TwitterName: Curtis Lovejoy
Sport: Para Swimming
Height: 6'1”
Weight: 185
Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga
College: Morris Brown College

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games - 8th (50m freestyle, 200m freestyle)
  • 2008 Paralympic Games - 4th (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle), 5th (50m backstroke)
  • 2004 Paralympic Games - gold (50m back & WR), silver (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle), bronze (200m freestyle)
  • 2000 Paralympic Games - gold (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle), bronze (wheelchair fencing)
  • 2000 Paralympic Games: Set five Paralympics & World Records, gold - 50m, 100m
    free, bronze – wheelchair fencing; became the first American athlete to medal in the
    sport, Sydney, Australia
  • 1996 Paralympic Games: WR - 50m breaststroke, Gold – 50m back, Silver – 50m
    back
Career Highlights:
  • Currently Holds: 10 World Records, five Pan/AM Records & 14 American Records
  • 2010 World Championship: gold (50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 150 IM), silver (200m freestyle), bronze (200m freestyle)
  • 2006 World Championships: gold (150 IM, 50m butterfly), silver (50m freestyle, 200m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle, 50m backstroke)
  • 2006 Wheelchair Fencing World Championship: gold (foil, epee)
  • 2004 Paralympic Games: 50m backstroke world record
  • 2002 World Championships: gold (50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 150 IM), silver (50m backstroke, 100m freestyle)
  • 2002 Wheelchair Fencing World Championship: 1st American to win 2 gold medals
  • 2000: First African American athlete to win gold medals in swimming and fencing at the 2000 Paralympic Games
  • 2000: Male Athlete of the Year; announced just before Opening Ceremony 2000 Paralympic Games
  • 2000 Paralympic Games: Set five Paralympics & World Records, became the first American athlete to medal in wheelchair fencing
  • 1998 World Championship: gold (50m breastroke, 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle), silver (100m freestyle, 50m backstroke)
  • 1996 Paralympic Games: 50m backstroke world record
  • 1994 World Championships: bronze (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke)
  • National Swimming Champion: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995

Fun Facts: “Curtis Lovejoy, an individual left paralyzed from neck down and told by doctors he would never be able to use his body again. Now, 21 years defying medical science, he has
defied sports science in different kinds of test…Proving that a quadriplegic can be an “Elite
Athlete” as driven as Olympian” - David Rosner of WE Media.

Learn more: 
US Para Swimming


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