Name: Jacob Stearns
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175
DOB: 09/14/1988
Hometown: Palm Bay, Florida
Current Residence: Orlando, Florida
College: Florida Technical College ‘16

Career Highlights

• 2015 Open Championships, bronze 
• 2013 World Championships
• 2012 National Championships

Jacob Stearns is making a name for himself in the Paralympic sport of powerlifting. After only two years post-injury, he’s qualified for the U.S. team that compete at the 2015 Parapan American Games, and is on track to make the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Stearns, who grew up in Melbourne, Florida, joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school, and he served five years as an infantry machine gunner in the 2/6 Gulf company from 2007 to 2012. While on a combat tour in Marjah, Afghanistan, he stepped on an IED which resulted in the loss of his right leg below the knee, and multiple fractures and various injuries to his left leg. He hasn’t let his injury stop him. His goal is to inspire people to pursue their goals no matter the unfortunate events that happen in their lives.

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