Name: Tricia Downing
Sport: Shooting
Discipline(s): Pistol Shooting
Classification: P2 (10m Air Pistol SH1), P3 (25m Piston SH1)
Height: 5-11
Weight: 130
DOB: 8/6/1969
Birthplace: Denver, Colo.
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
High School: Manual High School (Denver, Colo.) ‘87
College: University of Maryland – College Park ’91, Journalism; Eastern Illinois University ‘95, Master of Science – Physical Education and Sport Management; Regis University ’10, Master of Arts – Disability Studies
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015 World Cup (Osijek), 17th (P2 – 10m Air Pistol SH1), 38th (P3 – 25m Pistol SH1), 25th (P2 – 10m Air Pistol SH1), 52nd (P3 – 25m Pistol SH1)
Personal: Sixteen years after her fate changed drastically, Tricia Downing is now preparing for one of the pinnacle moments in her life as a 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team Member. Out cycling on September 17, 2000, she was hit head on by a car that left her paralyzed from the chest down, requiring a wheelchair for mobility. The injury reignited her passion for sports as evidenced by the 100 races, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons, she’s competed in since her accident. She was the first female paraplegic to complete an Ironman triathlon and qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in 2006 and 2010. In 2011, she competed as part of the U.S. Rowing team at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia. Injuries and pain led her to try the sport of shooting in November 2014 and it helped satisfy her need for an athletic challenge as well as the continual satisfaction she derives in sport. She finished 17th in a 2015 World Cup event in Croatia....Married to Steve Donovan…Has four brothers, Andy, Greg, James and Sam…Hobbies include cycling, air pistol, reading, writing and painting…Was a tandem pilot before her accident and competed in the 1998 World Disabled Cycling Championships…Wrote her memoir, Cycle of Hope in 2010…Qualified for the Hawaii Ironman two times as a paratriathlete…Was the press officer for the USA Table Tennis team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and for the USA Swimming team at the 1997 World University Games in Italy… Before becoming a professional speaker, she taught high school in the Denver Public Schools…In 2011, she competed as part of the U.S. Rowing team at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.