Name: Chris Hammer
Sport: Paratriathlon
Classification: PT4
Height: 5'10"
Birthdate: March 30, 1986
Birthplace: Mt. Clemens, Mich.
Hometown: Troy, Mich.
Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Troy Athens High School
College: Grand Valley State University (undergrad), Eastern Washington
University (graduate), University of Utah (Ph.D. - in progress) 

Career Highlights

2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series Yokohama bronze medalist
2017 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships bronze medalist
2016 Paralympic Games, 4th (Paratriathlon)
2016, 2017, 2018 Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Champion 
2016 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, 6th
2014 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships bronze medalist
Seven-time ITU World Paratriathlon Event medalist (4 golds, 3 silvers)
Two-time USA Paratriathlon National Champion (2014, 2013)
2012 Paralympic Games, Track & Field: 9th (1,500m), 10th (Marathon)
2011 IPC Athletics World Champion (1,500m)
2011 Parapan American Games, 5th (Marathon)
2007 NCAA Division II Cross Country All-American
Four-Time NCAA Division II Track All-American (2006-09)
Four-Time NCAA Division II Academic All-American (2006-09)

Elite Triathlon Career

2018: Earned a 1st place finish at the CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships Sarasota-Bradenton on March 10 • Earned a 3rd place finish at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Yokohama on May 12 • Placed 4th at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Iseo-Franciacorta on June 30 • Finished 7th at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 15

2017: Earned a bronze medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 14 • Won a national title at the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, on June 25 • Earned back-to-back ITU World Paratriathlon Series wins in Gold Coast, Australia (April 8), and Yokohama, Japan (May 13) • Won the men’s PTS5 title at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 11

2016: Placed fourth at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Sept. 10 • Finished sixth at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 23 • Won the Strathclyde ITU World Paratriathlon Event on June 5 • Kicked off his season with a victory at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 13

2015: Ended his season with an 11th-place effort at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago on Sept. 15 • Finished second at the Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Event on Sept. 5 • Claimed the win at the Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon Event on Aug. 16 • Finished fourth at the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event on Aug. 1 to provisionally qualify for the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team • Won the silver medal at the Monterrey CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on May 1

2014: Closed out the season with his second straight USA Paratriathlon National Championships title on Sept. 20 • Finished third for the bronze medal at the 2014 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, on Aug. 29 • Strung together a series of silver-medal-winning performances at international events, including the Magog (July 19) and Chicago (June 28) ITU World Paratriathlon Events and the CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships in Dallas, Texas (May 31)

2013: Made his debut at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London on Sept. 11, finishing seventh • Finished second at the Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Event on June 22 • Won his first career USA Paratriathlon National Championships title in Austin, Texas, on Memorial Day (May 27) • Won his first international paratriathlon event in San Diego, California, on April 20

Personal: Parents are Kerry and Kathy Hammer • Has a brother Mike, and a sister Nicole • Married to Amy Hammer • Father to one daughter, Peyton • Grew up in Michigan and as a result considers Detroit sports teams to be his favorite • Collected hockey cards and rocks as a child • Has no superstitions and says his sport psychology education keeps him from having any • Visited seven national parks, three national monuments and one state park in the summer of 2014 • Was the 2008 Midwest Men's Region Runner of the Year and the winner of the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Commissioner's Award