Name: Oz Sanchez
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race
Classification: MH5
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
DOB: 12/2/1975
Birthplace: East Los Angeles, Calif.
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Whittier High School (Whittier, Calif.) ‘93
College: San Diego State University ‘06, Business Administration
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016); Six-time Paralympic medalist (2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
  • Rio 2016, silver (mixed team relay), bronze (time trial)
  • London 2012, gold (team relay), bronze (time trial)
  • Beijing 2008, gold (time trial), bronze (road race)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – Road – bronze (time trial), 8th (road race)
  • Years of Participation: Road – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
  • Medals: 13 (7 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2018 (time trial, team relay), 2011 (time trial, team relay), 2010 (time trial, road race), 2009 (time trial)
  • Silver – 2018 (road race), 2015 (time trial, team relay), 2013 (team relay), 2010 (mixed team relay)
  • Bronze – 2019 (time trial)
Personal: Sanchez grew up in Los Angeles and spent six years as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He became a part of the Special Forces unit, deploying twice to the Middle East. In 2001, while in the process of transferring to the Navy to become a Navy SEAL, Sanchez was involved in a motorcycle accident that injured his spinal cord. He started handcycling competitively five years after the accident. Today, he is one of the top handcyclists in the world, and he also competes in triathlons. ...Son of Jaime and Josefina Sanchez…Has a twin sister, Veronica, and two brothers, James and Joel …Hobbies include reading, working out, cycling, swimming, shooting, skydiving and working on his ’72 Blazer/Hot-Rod…He was a 2012 ESPY nominee in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability category…2009 San Diego Hall of Champions Athlete of the Year…His story is featured in the 2009 documentary Unbeaten.