Name: Joe Berenyi
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling, Track Cycling
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race, Pursuit, Team Sprint
Classification: MC3
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
DOB: 11/12/1968
Birthplace: Aurora, Ill.
Hometown: Aurora, Ill.
High School: Aurora Central Catholic (Aurora, Ill.) ‘87
College: Waubonsee Community College ‘89, Business Administration
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016); Four-time medalist (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, silver (track pursuit), 4th (track team sprint), 5th (track time trial), 6th (road time trial), 10th (road race)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (track pursuit), silver (track time trial) bronze (track team sprint)
  • Set a world record at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in individual pursuit
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2020 Track – bronze (team sprint), 4th (scratch, time trial, omnium), 6th (individual pursuit); 2019 – Road – 11th (time trial), 14th (road race)
  • Years of Participation: Road – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019; Track – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Medals: 16 (9 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze)
  • Gold – 2019 (track time trial), 2018 (track time trial), 2017 (time trial, team sprint, scratch race), 2016 (time trial, pursuit), 2015 (time trial, pursuit)
  • Silver – 2019 (scratch), 2017 (pursuit), 2015 (scratch), 2014 (pursuit)
  • Bronze – 2020 (team sprint), 2019 (team sprint), 2018 (pursuit)
Personal: Berenyi first fell in love with cycling in the early 90’s and found success in a handful of amateur races. He was a member of the Illinois-based ABC Cycle Club, and was an able-bodied cyclist before a construction accident in 1994 cost him his right arm and severely injured a kneecap. After a few years, he was back to riding. Nearly 13 years later, he decided to join some of his neighbors for a ride, and from there his love of cycling was reignited. Berenyi only had three years of experience riding at the national level when he went on to win three medals and set a world record at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Berenyi has since then competed at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 and continues to be the one to beat on the national and international stage for Team USA. ...Son of Joe and Dolores Berenyi…Has one brother, Dan, and one sister, Lori…Married Jill Berenyi on Oct. 7, 1995…Has three daughters, Sydney, Gwen and Tatum…Hobbies include reading and woodwork…Was named the USOPC’s Men’s Paralympic Athlete of the Year in 2015…Was nominated for an ESPY in 2015 in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability category.