Name: Cassie Mitchell
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Track and Field
Event(s): Club throw, Discus
Height: 5-6
Weight: 121
DOB: 6/8/1981
Birthplace: Muskogee, Okla.
Hometown: Warner , Okla.
High School: Warner High School (Warner, Okla.) ‘99
College: Oklahoma State University '04, B.S. Chemical Engineering; Georgia Institute of Technology '09, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, 4th (100m, 200m, discus)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2013 – gold (shot put), silver (100m), bronze (200m, 800m), 4th (discus)
  • Years of Participation: 2013
  • Medals: 4 (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2013 (shot put)
  • Silver – 2013 (100m)
  • Bronze – 2013 (200m, 800m)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials – Track & Field, gold (club); silver (discus); bronze (100m); 8th (400m)
Personal: Growing up on a small farm in Oklahoma, Mitchell was an accomplished rider in Western horse events at a young age while also competing in gymnastics, dancing and running. She was the valedictorian of her high school and earned a collegiate track scholarship. Shortly after graduation, Mitchell developed a neurological condition called Devics Neuromyelitis Optica, which left her completely paralyzed from the chest down, with significant impairments to her arms, wrists, and hands, and with permanent double vision. Mitchell chose to attend Oklahoma State University on a full academic scholarship where she played wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. Mitchell set her sights on the London 2012 Paralympic Games first in Paralympic cycling, but qualified for the U.S. team in her first love, track & field where she finished fourth in her first Games. She is currently a research engineer and faculty at Georgia Tech’s biomedical engineering department and a National Institute of Health primary investigator currently pursuing research in neurological injuries and diseases....Daughter of Randy and Clara Mitchell…Enjoys mentoring, volunteering, attending church, cycling, running, swimming, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family…Has over 75 research publications with her research having been honored with the International Motoneuron Society Young Investigator Award…Mentors new neurological injury or neurological disease patients in the Atlanta, Georgia area, including the Shepherd Center Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Hospital… Has a sign in her office with the message “Never, never, never give up,” that serves as a reminder to her commitment to overcome challenges and find beauty from pain.