Amanda McGrory is a three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016) and a seven-time Paralympic medalist (1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) and current member of the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field team, hopeful to qualify for her fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
In recent years, Amanda has become more focused on her career after sports and returned to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 to complete a Master of Information Science degree. After graduating in May of 2018, she accepted an internship at the United States Olympic Committee in the Crawford Family Archives as a processing archivist. She plans to return to the Champaign area after completing her work in Colorado, to focus on her athletic goals for the next two years.
In addition to pursuing her personal goals, Amanda remains interested in promoting adapted athletics at all levels. She coaches and volunteers with local sports organizations Dare2Tri and GLASA, as well as at junior-level camps sponsored by the University of Illinois and the new Chicago Marathon mentor program. In addition to grassroots programming, Amanda is also influential at the elite-level, where she serves as the Athletes With Disabilities consultant for Chicago Events Management and the Chicago Marathon, sits on an unofficial athlete representative board for the London Marathon, and maintains close relationships with several marathons to ensure best practices are followed. As a lifelong athlete who began participating in wheelchair sports in 1997, Amanda recognizes the importance of healthy, active lifestyles, and remains committed to helping other discover the benefits of sport, even after her competitive career comes to an end.