Name: Carlos Leon
Military Branch: Marines
Adaptive Sport: Discus
Training Regimen: "I pretty much live at the gym because I want to be the best in the world at the discus throw."
Competitions: Silver medal in the discus and a bronze medal in the shot put at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
How did you get involved in adaptive sports: "My parents are Colombian so playing soccer at an early age is a tradition in my family. I've been an athlete my entire life. In June 2005, I had recently returned from deployment in Iraq and was six months from relief of active duty. While stationed in Hawaii's Kane'ohe Bay, I went swimming with some friends. I dove in the water, hit some coral rock and broke my neck at the fifth cervical vertebrae. Five months later, I attended my first sports camp."
How adaptive sports changed your life: "My family, friends and the Corps were behind me 100%. Playing sports, along with everyone's support, played a key role in my physical recovery as well as my psychological recovery. Six years have passed since my accident where I lost function of my limbs. Now, I can walk with the assistance of a cane or walker. My discus throw, which is now my sole focus, has gone from eight meters on my first throw five years ago to nearly 24 meters. I am only 2.62 meters off the world record."
Carlos participates in sports for: Rehabilitation, fitness, competition and to make new friends.
Fun fact: Carlos likes to blast music while he washes the dishes and is an avid soccer fan.