In 2004, Chief Petty Officer Casey Tibbs (U.S. Navy) made history by becoming the first American active-duty military member to compete in a Paralympic Games. He topped off the achievement with two medals:  silver in the pentathlon (P44) and gold in the men's 4x100m relay. At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China he captured gold in the 4 x 100m relay (T42-T46) and a bronze in the long jump (F42/F44).

Tibbs added a bronze medal to his collection in 2011, earning third place in the men's long jump (F44) at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tibbs is currently an Aircrewmen stationed at Navy Information Operations Command Georgia and was the first amputee to complete Navy SERE training (Survival Evasion Resistance and Excape), as well as the first amputee to become an Aircrewmen through the U.S. Navy Aircrew school.  

Tibbs lost his right below the knee as the result of a motorcycle accident in March of 2001. He and his wife, Robyn, have two children - a 3-year-old son, Taylor, and a 10-month-old daughter, Reagan.

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Major Achievements:

  • 2011: Bronze medal, long jump (F44) - IPC Athletics World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2008: Gold medal, Men's 4 x 100m relay T42-T46; bronze medal, F42/F44 Long Jump - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2007: ESPY Award Recipient, Best Male Athlete with a Physical Disability
  • 2006: Gold medal, pentathlon; Silver medal, long jump - 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships, Assen, The Netherlands
  • 2006: Named U.S. Olympic Committee September Athlete of the Month
  • 2006: First place, long jump; Third place, pentathlon - 2006 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, Atlanta, Ga.
  • 2005: Deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
  • 2004: Gold medal, 4X100m relay; Silver medal, pentathlon - Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
  • 2004: Second place, 400m - Paralympic Exhibition Race, U.S. Olympic Trials, Sacramento, Calif.
  • 2004: U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Athlete of the Year Award
  • 2004: Named Federal Employee of the Year with a Disability by the National Security Administration
  • 2003: First place, 100m, 400m - Endeavor Games, Edmond, Okla.
  • 2003: Second place, 400m - Rocky Mountain State Games, Colorado Springs, Colo.