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

Three-time ITU World Paratriathlon Series Yokohama medalist ( 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Championships bronze medalist (2014, 2017, 2019)
2016 Paralympic Games, 4th (Paratriathlon)
Three-time Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Champion (2016,2017,2018)
Nine-time ITU World Paratriathlon Event medalist (4 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze)
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)

Personal

Chris Hammer was born with one hand, the result of a congenital condition. He grew up playing multiple sports such as baseball and ice hockey and as he got older, he found an interest in distance running. Hammer went on to run collegiately for Grand Valley State University in Michigan. While in college he joined the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Team. Hammer was able to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 1,500-meters and the marathon. In 2013, he decided to try triathlon. Despite not having any swimming or bike training, he felt his long-distance running background would be well suited for triathlon. He currently coaches the varsity women’s triathlon team at Davis and Elkins College. He enjoys watching athletes who join the triathlon team without ever having competed in a race before grow and become more skilled in the sport over time. Hammer has a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Washington University and a PhD in Sports Psychology from the University of Utah. He says he has no superstitions because his sports psychology education keeps him from having any. His name is on the wall of fame in a bar in Michigan for eating 12 chili dogs in one sitting. He is married and has one daughter, Peyton.

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Earned bronze at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 9 • Earned silver at the Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series on May 18 • Finished 6th at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Montreal on June 28 • Won the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on July 13 • Earned a bronze medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 1   

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