Name: Michael Wishnia
Sport: Track and Field
Classification: F57
Height: 5-11
Weight: 311
DOB: 3/11/1982
Birthplace: Livingston, N.J.
Hometown: Livingston, N.J.
College: Park University '11, Criminal Justice
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 4th (shot put)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 8th (shotput)
  • Years of Participation: 2019
  • Top Finish: 8th – 2019 (shotput)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015 Parapan American Games, silver (shot put), 5th (discus)
  • 2015 Desert Challenge Games, 1st (discus, shot put)
  • 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Championships, 1st (shot put)
Personal: Son of Bernard and Linda Wishnia, Wishnia is husband to Brittany Wishnia and father to Nathan and Brayden along with his best friend and service dog, Sammie....In 2011, Wishnia was injured while serving as a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan when a combat explosion hurt his right leg....He is just starting his career as he learns how to adapt to life with new injuries....He grew up playing soccer, lacrosse and football and didn't pick up track and field until 2014.... In his spare time, he enjoys working out and hunting. Wishnia hopes to develop a career in assisting other injured service members to show them life outside the injury.