PAVING HIS OWN PATH
Being handicapped was never an option for Jamie, who was born with Fibular Hemamilia. With only two fingers on his right hand, Jamie had his right foot amputated when he was 11 months old. Along with these physical challenges, he was also diagnosed with Diabetes during college.
However, despite these minor challenges, Jamie used sports as an outlet to connect with peers. Never wanting to be looked at or treated differently he chose to play the same sports all his friends played: baseball, basketball, soccer, football. As Jamie continued through his youth he started to notice that he excelled at baseball and ended up pitching in high school and eventually college.
During his time as a college athlete, Jamie remembers seeing events like the Ironman World Championships and Escape from Alcatraz and thinking that they looked like awesome challenges — never imagining that he would be competing in the Paralympics 20 years later.
Jamie’s introduction to triathlon was simply being invited to a triathlon camp with some of the most accomplished Para-triathletes in the world. By the end of the weekend, he had fallen in love with the sport. Thus, after seven years of coaching high school baseball, Jamie felt the hunger to compete again. Consequently, Jamie swapped out his baseball cleats for running shoes and began training for triathlons.
A year later, Jamie competed in his first official race and became a national champion after only his second race. Ever since then, he has been competing for Team USA internationally. With an impressive nine podium finishes in the ITU World Series races and six wins, Jamie hopes to represent the USA in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Along with competing in Triathlon, Jamie is passionate about helping others achieve their health, fitness, and race goals, and owns his own coaching consultancy. Currently, Jamie lives in Bend, OR, with his wife, five dogs, and four cats.