Name: Luis Puertas
Sport: Track and Field
Classification: T61
DOB: 9/8/1986
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2013 – semifinal (200m)
  • Years of Participation: 2013
  • Top Finish: Semifinal – 2013 (200m)
Personal: In September 2006, Puertas was serving with the U.S. Army in Baghdad, Iraq, when his convoy was hit by an explosive device. He was trapped beneath the door of the armored vehicle in which he was traveling. The blast resulted in both of his legs being amputated....Took up the sport in 2007 after trying a number of different rehabilitation techniques following his injury...Competed in Para-swimming and was a torch bearer at the opening ceremony at the 2013 Warrior Games...Mantra: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." ...Hero is British Para-sprinter Richard Whitehead.