Name: Erik Hightower
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Track and Field
Classification: T54
Height: 5-10
Weight: 140
DOB: 4/6/1986
Birthplace: Phoenix, Ariz.
Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.
Coach(es): Troy Davis
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2008, 2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 7th (100m)
World Championship Experience
  • Most Recent: 2017 – 5th (100m), 7th (200m), 18th (400m)
  • Years of Participation: 2006, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Medals: 1 (1 silver)
  • Silver – 2006 (4x100m)
Personal: Hightower has been wheelchair racing for more than a decade. ...He started at the age of 10 and made it all the way to Beijing, China, to compete in the 2008 Paralympic Games....Hightower became introduced to wheelchair racing after his parents learned about the sport at a conference on spina bifida. ...He says he immediately took to it and began competing at the Junior Nationals year after year....Hightower also races with a local Arizona club team, the Arizona Heat, and is coached by Troy Davis from the Mesa Association for Sports for the Disabled....Hobbies include model building, playing sports and video gaming, watching movies, fishing, geocaching and sport card collecting