Name: Jessica Heims
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 400-meter, Discus Throw
Classification: T64/F64
Height: 5-8
DOB: 12/11/1998
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hometown: Swisher, Iowa
High School: Prairie High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) '17
College: University of Northern Iowa ‘21, Biology
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2016, 2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 5th (discus throw)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 7th (400-meter), 8th (discus throw)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – 5th (discus throw, 400-meter)
  • Years of participation: 2015
  • Top Finish: 5th – 2015 (discus throw, 400-meter)
Personal: Daughter of Kris and Glen Heims...Has two sisters, Beth and Nicole...Born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition where tissue, or bands, from floating parts of the amniotic sac wrap around and compromise an unborn babies’ limbs...Heims had her left leg amputated below the knee...She started in track and field at age 10, following in her sister’s footsteps...Her role model had always been Olympian Steve Prefontaine until she met Paralympic teammate Scout Bassett, who helped her get involved in Para track and field when she was 11...Since then, she has grown immensely in the sport, earning a spot on the University of Northern Iowa Track and Field Team...Enjoys listening to Broadway musicals, reading, learning about science and reading the Bible...Leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization at her university...Fan of the Captain America movie series by Marvel...Named homecoming queen at her high school in Iowa.