Name: J. Dee Marinko
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-4
Weight: 225
DOB: 9/9/1980
Birthplace: Norman, Okla.
Hometown: Guthrie, Okla.
High School: Newcastle High School
College: Panhandle State University; DeVry University
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (8th place)
World Championship Experience
  • 2014: ParaVolley World Championships (10th place)
  • 2010: World Championship (10th Place)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015: USA Volleyball Male Sitting Player of the Year
  • 2015: Parapan American Games (Silver)
  • 2011: Parapan American Games(Silver); Continental Cup; Sarajevo Open
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  • J.Dee is below the knee amputee on his right leg
  • After being diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, J. Dee was told there was a 75 percent chance of the cancer coming back if he did have the affected parts of his leg removed.
  • Played two years of football at Panhandle State University
Personal: He is the youngest of seven children....The happiest moment of his life was the birth of his sons, Kash (2008) and Liam (2011)...The person J. Dee admires most is his mother, Teresa, because, “She has fought and beat cancer, and was with me through my fight with cancer.”...J. Dee’s hobbies include golf, hunting and fishing