Name: Mike Gallardo
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Javelin
Classification: F64
Height: 6-0
DOB: 9/11/1984
Birthplace: Bellflower, Calif.
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Montebello High School (Montebello, Calif.) ‘03
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 7th (Javelin Throw)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019 Bydgoszcz Grand Prix, gold (javelin)
  • 2019 Arizona Grand Prix, silver (javelin)
Personal: Born and raised by a single mother in Los Angeles, Mike Gallardo faced a difficult childhood with the death of his mother, Debbie, at 10 years old to cancer...Raised by his aunt, Gallardo turned down a college baseball scholarship to enlist in the U.S. Army after the September 11th terrorist attacks...Also his birthday, September 11 took on a new meaning as he took it as a sign that he was meant to do something bigger than baseball...After enlisting in the U.S. Army, he was on his first combat tour in Iraq in January 2007 when he sustained a severe injury to his right leg at the Achilles tendon after two IEDs simultaneously detonated beneath his truck...After nine months of unsuccessful limb salvage, he decided to amputate his leg below the knee so he could continue to lead an active lifestyle...He returned home to Texas and received the Purple Heart for his service...After retiring from the Army, he completed the renowned Kona IRONMAN in 15 hours and 36 minutes nine months after his amputation...In 2016, Gallardo applied to a graphic design internship with the MLB Network Veterans Apprenticeship Program where within a year, he had won a Best Visual Emmy for his work on the intro MLB Tonight...He continues to stay involved in sports, including softball, Crossfit and track and field.