Curtis Lovejoy

Swimming

Lovejoy
  • 2012
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2000
  • 1996

TwitterName: Curtis Lovejoy
Sport: Para Swimming
Classification: S2/SB1/SM2
Height: 6'1”
Weight: 185
Current Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
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 backstroke & 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 freestyle), bronze (wheelchair fencing); became the first American athlete to medal in wheelchair fencing
  • 1996 Paralympic Games: world record (50m breaststroke), gold (50m backstroke), silver (50m backstroke)
Career Highlights:
  • 2014: Spring Nationals/CanAms: gold (200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke)

  • 2013: U.S. Paralympics Spring CanAms, gold (100m freestyle, 150m individual medley, 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 50m backstroke)

  • 2011: National Swimming Champion; 10 World Records, five Pan/AM Records & 14 American Records
  • 2010: World Championship, gold (50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 150 individual medley), silver (200m freestyle), bronze (200m freestyle)
  • 2009: National Swimming Champion, gold (50m freestyle), bronze (200m free relay)
  • 2007: National Swimming Champion
  • 2006: World Championships, gold (150m individual medley, 50m butterfly), silver (50m freestyle, 200m freestyle), bronze (100m freestyle, 50m backstroke)
  • 2006: Wheelchair Fencing World Championship, gold (foil, epee)
  • 2005: National Swimming Champion
  • 2003: National Swimming Champion
  • 2002: World Championships, gold (50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 150 individual medley), silver (50m backstroke, 100m freestyle)
  • 2002: Wheelchair Fencing World Championship, 1st American to win two gold medals
  • 2001: National Swimming Champion
  • 2000: First African American athlete to win gold medals in swimming and fencing at the 2000 Paralympic Games; Male Athlete of the Year, announced just before Opening Ceremony 2000 Paralympic Games
  • 1999: National Swimming Champion
  • 1998: World Championship, gold (50m breastroke, 100m breaststroke, 50m freestyle), silver (100m freestyle, 50m backstroke)
  • 1997: National Swimming Champion
  • 1995: National Swimming Champion
  • 1994: World Championships, bronze (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke)

Fun Facts: Curtis Lovejoy was paralyzed from the neck down at age 29 after a car accident. During rehabilitation, Lovejoy overcame his fear of swimming and began swimming every day. He started breaking records only a year and a half later. Following the discovery of his passion for swimming, Lovejoy has found that being in the water is one of the places he feels most at comfortable and at peace. This five-time Paralympian knows a thing or two about racing, and stopping doesn't seem to be in his future. 

Learn more: 
US Para Swimming


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