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NORMAN Grace
Sport Para athletics, Para Triathlon
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthMorgantown, WV, USA
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
PTS5
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Evan
Residence
Jamestown, OH, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Nursing - Cedarville University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
After first trying mini triathlons in Ohio, United States of America, she began competing in elite Para triathlons in 2014.
Why this sport?
She came from a sporting family, and was inspired to pursue Para sport after attending the 2012 Paralympic Trials in Indianapolis, IN, United States of America. "I grew up in a small town and went to a small Christian school and there was no one really like me that I'd ever seen, no one with a prosthetic limb. I grew up not knowing any Paralympic athlete. But in Indianapolis that day I saw people like me and I was really inspired. I was able to talk to some of the athletes and that really piqued my interest to be a Paralympian. It became real."
Club / Team
Cedarville University: United States
Name of coach
Greg Mueller [personal], from 2020; Derick Williamson [national], USA
Training Regime
She divides her training between coach Greg Mueller in South Bend, IN, United States of America, and at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the PT4 event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (teamusa.org, 27 Jun 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her older sister Bethany, US triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, and coach Wesley Johnson. (teamusa.org, 01 Sep 2016, 27 Jun 2021)
Injuries
She was sidelined for one month in early 2018 due to a stress reaction in her right foot. (teamusa.org, 14 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't be afraid of what you are not good at yet and have fun." (USA Triathlon Facebook page, 01 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Female High School Track Athlete of the Year by US Paralympics. (teamusa.org, 03 Sep 2015)
Other sports
She has represented the United States of America in Para athletics, and won bronze in the T44 400m event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also competed in able-bodied swimming and athletics at high school state level in the United States of America. (daytondailynews.com, 11 Jul 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 26 Aug 2021)
Famous relatives
Her mother Robin competed in distance running for Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, United States of America, her father Tim has participated in masters swimming and triathlon events, and her older sister Bethany has competed for the Cedarville University athletics team in Ohio, United States of America. (mydaytondailynews.com, 09 Jul 2016; teamusa.org, 22 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (daytondailynews.com, 11 Jul 2021)
Impairment
She was born missing her left leg below the knee as the result of congenital constriction band syndrome. She was fitted with her first prosthetic leg at age one. (teamusa.org, 22 Oct 2015)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
In 2020 she graduated with a degree in nursing from Cedarville University in the United States of America, and she plans to work as a nurse following her retirement from sport. "If for some reason you can't follow your dream [to be a top athlete], if you're injured or something, you have to have something to live off of. I want to be a nurse because I love helping people and I also know it's a way I can support myself." (daytondailynews.com, 11 Jul 2021; teamusa.org, 27 Jun 2021; daytondailynews.com, 20 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 400m T44 1:01.83
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 400m T44 1:03.83
Paralympic Games - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 PT4 1:10:39
2 2021 PTS5 1:05:27
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 PT4 1:19:03
2 2015 PT4 1:09:48
1 2016 PT4 1:10:02
1 2017 PTS5 1:09:49
3 2018 PTS5 1:09:52
3 2019 PTS5 1:14:02
2 2021 PTS5 1:05:54
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 PTS5  
1 2018 PTS5  
1 2018 PTS5  
World Paralympic Qualification Event - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2019 PTS5 1:07:50