Name: Grace Ann Norman
Sport: Paratriathlon
Classification: PT4
Height: 5'8"
Birthdate: March 9, 1998
Birthplace: Morgantown, W.V.
Hometown: Jamestown, Ohio
Current Residence: Jamestown, Ohio
High School: Xenia Christian High School

Career Highlights

Two-time Paratriathlon National Champion (2014,2019)

2019 ITU Paratriathlon Yokohama gold medalist

2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist

Two-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion (2016,2017)

Four-time Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Champion (2016,2017,2018,2019)

Two-time ITU World Paratriathlon Edmonton gold medalist (2017,2018)

2018 ITU Paratriathlon world Championships bronze medalist

2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships silver medalist

2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event silver medalist

2015 Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon Event silver medalist 

Personal

Grace was born with congenital constriction band syndrome in her left leg at birth, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg and right big toe below the knee when she was young. Norman competed in track & field and cross country in high school, where she became the first female amputee to finish on the podium at a high school track & field state championship. Her triathlon career began with a mini triathlon in Ohio, and her first elite ITU paratriathlon race was in 2014. She competed in both track & field and paratriathlon at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, becoming the first U.S. athlete to win gold in paratriathlon’s debut as a Paralympic medal event. Norman reflects on winning gold in Rio to be the proudest moment of her career. She currently holds the world records for the 800-meter and 1,500-meter in the T44 classification for track & field. In 2015, Norman was named the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field High School Female Athlete of the Year. She considers her older sister and her coach Wesley Johnson to be the biggest role models in her life. She is currently a member of the track & field team at Cedarville University in Ohio, where she is also studying to become a nurse. In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing the piano.

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Earned back to back gold at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships, on March 9, then the Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series, on May 18 • Finished 3rd at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Montreal, on June 28 • Won gold at the Paratriathlon National Championships, on July 20

2018: Earned a 1st place finish at the CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships Sarasota-Bradenton on March 10 • Finished 2nd at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Yokohama on May 12 • Placed 1st at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Edmonton on July 27 • Earned a bronze medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 15

2017: Defended her world title at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 14 • Won gold at ITU World Paratriathlon Edmonton on July 28 • Defended her title at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 11 • Nominated for an ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete With a Disability

2016: Became the first paratriathlete in history to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games with her victory in the women’s PT4 class on Sept. 11 • Won a world title at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 23 • Took gold at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 13

2015: Won a silver medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago on Sept. 15 • Won silver medals at ITU World Paratriathlon Events in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1 and Detroit on Aug. 16 • Won the women’s PT4 division at the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships on May 25 • Placed second at the Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships on May 1

2014: Won her first national title at the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships on Sept. 20 • Placed fifth at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Edmonton on Aug. 29 • Won a gold medal at the Magog ITU World Paratriathlon Event on July 19 • Took second at the Chicago ITU World Paratriathlon Event on June 28