Jarryd Wallace

Jarryd Wallace


Jarryd Wallace is not your typical high school track star turned professional athlete. His pursuit of world-class athletics took a detour at age 18 when he was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome. In what should have been his first year as a Division I athlete, Wallace faced the decision of having his leg amputated. While most people saw tragedy, he came to understand his circumstances in different terms. Wallace views life as a process of discovering one’s own potential, one that is not defined by stop watches, gold medals or financial windfalls. Instead, it is the spirit of living life to the fullest regardless of circumstances. This is a virtue we can all pursue, a shared part of the human experience. Since his surgery, the Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist has competed in three Paralympic Games, set four world records and became a three-time World Championship gold medalist. In addition to his athletic career, he is focused on developing affordable running blades to help increase access and opportunities for other amputees to be active. Wallace lives in Watkinsville, Georgia, with his wife, Lea, and their son, Levi.