Name: Joshua George
Sport: Track and Field
Discipline(s): Track and Field
Event(s): 400-meter, 800-meter, 1500-meter, Marathon
Classification: T53
Height: 4-10
DOB: 3/18/1984
Birthplace: Herndon, Va.
Hometown: Herndon, Va.
High School: Herndon High School (Herndon, Va.) ’02
College: University of Illinois ’07, News Editorial Journalism
Team/Club: University of Illinois
Coach(es): Adam Bleakney
Paralympic Experience
  • Five-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020); five-time Paralympic medalist (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronzes)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 5th (800-meter, 1,500-meter), 7th (400-meter)
  • Paralympic Games London 2012, bronze (800-meter)
  • Paralympic Games Beijing 2008, gold (100-meter), silver (800-meter)
  • Paralympic Games Athens 2004, bronze (100-meter, 400-meter)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 7th (800-meter), heats (1,500-meter, 5,000-meter)
  • Years of Participation: Track and Field – 2006, 2013, 2019; Marathon – 2015
  • Medals: 6 (6 gold)
  • Gold – 2015 (Marathon); 2013 (800-meter); 2006 (100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter)
Personal: George first started racing at age seven before getting serious in the sport during his junior and senior years at Herndon High School in Virginia...He’s been paralyzed from the mid-chest down since falling out of his 12th-story bedroom window when he was four years old in Washington D.C. George quickly took to sports, participating in basketball, track & field, archery, table tennis and swimming with a wheelchair sports organization for children in Baltimore, Maryland...At the University of Illinois, George focused on wheelchair racing after winning two bronze medals at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Game...Since then, George has been a double threat on the track and the roads, winning some of the world’s most celebrated marathons...Son of Scott and Marjorie George, he has one younger brother, Jeremy, and one younger sister, Jennifer...Currently lives and trains in Champaign, Illinois while working for start-up company IntelliWheels Inc...Hobbies include writing, reading, ping pong, watching movies from Mel Brooks or the Coen brothers and rooting for most Washington D.C. teams, including the Redskins, Capitals and Wizards...Admires other elite athletes Tim Duncan, Roger Federer and U.S. Paralympian Krige Schabort...Has blogged for the New York Times...Enjoys literature by Ronald Dahl, David Foster Wallace and Richard Powers.