Oz Sanchez

Cycling

Sanchez
  • 2012
  • 2008
Name: Oz Sanchez
Sport: Para Cycling
Classification: MH4
Current Residence: San Diego, Calif.
College: San Diego State University

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (team relay), bronze (individual time trial)
  • 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (time trial), bronze (road race)
Career Highlights:
  • 2013: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 5th (time trial); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Matane, 5th (time trial)

  • 2012: UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Baie-Comeau, 1st (road race, time trial); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Cantimpalos, 1st (time trial), 2nd (road race); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Rome, 2nd (time trial)
  • 2011: Parapan American Games, 1st (time trial), 1st (road race); UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 1st (time trial, mixed team relay); UCI Para-cycling World Cup series, 1st (overall); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - Baie-Comeau, 2nd (time trial), 3rd (road race); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - Cantimpalos, 3rd (time trial), 6th (road race); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - Sydney, 1st (time trial), 3rd (road race)
  • 2010: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 1st (road race, time trial), 2nd (mixed team relay); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Paracyclisme route, 3rd (road race); EHC- Al-Aain, 1st (road race, time trial)
  • 2009: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 1st (time trial), 5th (road race)

  • 2008: Accenture U.S. Paratriathlon National Championships, New York, 1st

Personal:

Oz Sanchez grew up in Los Angeles and spent six years as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He became a part of the Special Forces unit, deploying twice to the Middle East. In 2001, while in the process of transferring to the Navy to become a Navy SEAL, Sanchez was involved in a motorcycle accident that injured his spinal cord. He started handcycling competitively five years after the accident. 

Today, he is one of the top handcyclists in the country, and he also competes in triathlons. Sanchez is a two-time Paralympian and four-time Paralympic medalist, including one gold at both the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. 

Sanchez earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and a minor in public communications from San Diego State University, and he now shares his story as a motivational speaker. He often works with other veterans in rehabilitation programs, encouraging them to try adaptive sports. His story is featured in the 2009 documentary Unbeaten, directed by Steven C. Barber.

Learn more:
 
US Para Cycling



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