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BERMEJO Omar
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para Triathlon
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthJalisco, MEX
Height1.80 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Casper, WY, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Administration - University of Phoenix: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-Nordic skiing in December 2011.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport at the suggestion of US para-Nordic skiing coach Robert Rosser.
Club / Team
Casper Mountain Biathlon Club: United States
Name of coach
John Farra [national], USA; Eileen Carey [national], USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing card games, watching documentaries, writing. (mainewsc.org, 21 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One small crack does not mean that you are broken. It means that you were put to the test and did not fall apart." (mainewsc.org, 21 Nov 2013)
Other sports
He has competed in both para-cross country and biathlon. (rivergrandrapids.com, 07 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (trib.com, 24 Apr 2015)
Impairment
He crashed his motorbike in June 2008 while driving back to the military base he was stationed at when serving in the US Army. "Injuries left me unable to move and feel my right arm. I had three invasive surgeries to repair my arm, and the recovery phase and physical therapy lasted three years but ultimately failed. Throughout those years my arm was constantly in a very large and bothersome sling. In December of 2011 my doctors suggested amputating it at the shoulder and I accepted." (omarbermejo.blogspot.com, 10 Feb 2012)
Other information
DEPRESSION
He suffered a period of depression after his amputation, and says he needed to find a new purpose in his life. Whilst at the Tuscon Veterans Administration Medical Centre he was introduced to Nordic skiing as a way of supporting his rehabilitation. "Tried it, loved it and now look at me." (rivergrandrapids.com, 07 Mar 2014)

MILITARY SERVICE
He joined the US Marine Corps in 1999, and served four tours in Iraq. (omarbermejo.blogspot.com, 10 Feb 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
18 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 25:23.8
17 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 38:56.3
17 2014 15km Individual - Standing 48:17.7
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
30 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 5:00.90
9 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 29:58.3
29 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 31:06.5
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
15 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Standing 26:12.1
14 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Standing 46:20.8
14 2014/2015 15km Individual - Standing 56:30.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
24 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing  
7 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 34:47.0
21 2014/2015 10km - Standing 34:05.0
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
12 2018 PTS4 1:12:29
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
11 2018 PTS4  
10 2018 PTS4  
10 2018 PTS4