Name: Shawn Cheshire
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling, Track Cycling
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race
Classification: Tandem
Height: 5-2
Weight: 130
DOB: 9/16/1975
Birthplace: Harlingen, Texas
Hometown: Camillus, N.Y.
High School: Los Fresnos High School (Los Fresnos, Texas) ‘94
College: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Paramedicine
Team/Club: Michael Creed
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 6th (road time trial), 9th (road race)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – Track – 5th (pursuit), 7th (time trial)
  • Years of Participation: Track – 2016, 2017; Road – 2013, 2014, 2017
  • Top Finish: 5th – 2017 (track pursuit)
Personal: Cheshire joined the U.S. Army in 1994 and served as a helicopter armament specialist and served in this position for eight years. She has competed for Team USA in both summer and winter sports, being the first visually impaired female athlete to compete for the U.S. Paralympic Nordic ski team. In 2009, she was working as an emergency medical technician during a snowstorm, when she slipped while treating a patient in her ambulance. She cracked her skull, damaging the cranial nerve, which caused her vision to deteriorate. She began cycling in 2012 after being introduced to the sport at a United States Association for Blind Athletes cycling development camp. She started competing in February of 2013. She once again proved to be an elite multi-sport athlete by winning a gold medal in indoor rowing at the 2014 Invictus Games in London. Now focused fully on tandem cycling, Cheshire trains full-time and has made a name for herself in the national and international cycling circuit. ...A knee injury caused her to be honorably discharged in 2002....Daughter of Richard and Toni Lee Cheshire…Has two daughters, Erin and Brytni