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Dartanyon Crockett


Dartanyan Crockett - Judo Paralympian
  • 2012

Name: Dartanyon Crockett
Sport: Paralympic Judo
Weight Category: -90kg
Birthday: 5/21/1991
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Paralympic Experience:

  • 2012: Bronze medal: 2012 Paralympic Games

Career Highlights:

  • 2014: World Championships, gold
  • 2012: Paralympic Trials, gold; Senior National Paralympic Championships, gold; German Open for Visually Impaired, silver; made the U.S. Paralympic Judo Team, the U.S. Parapan American Team and the U.S. Paralympic World Team

Dartanyon Crockett was born with Leber's disease, which is a progressive disease that causes vision loss. After his mother died when he was just 8 years old, he lived with his father who used drugs and alcohol, which made wrestling an important outlet for Crockett throughout high school. Leroy Sutton, Crockett's best friend, was also an important part of his life. The pair helped guide one another. Seeing as Sutton lost his legs in a trainr accident and Crockett was legally blind, they depended on one another.

Although Crockett excelled in wrestling, it was in 2010 when he was encouraged to try Paralympic judo. Since then he has gone on to compete all around the world. He took home a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and is on track to competing at the Paralympic Games once again.

Learn More:
U.S. Para Judo

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