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CAREY Annie
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age16
Place of BirthDatong, CHN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW4
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para cross-country skiing at age 14 with the Bogus Basin Nordic Team in Idaho, United States of America.
Club / Team
Idaho Dash Track Club: Boise, ID, USA
General Interest
Hero / Idol
US Para triathlete Allysa Seely. (sheplayswewin.com, 01 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There's no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more." [Robert M. Hensel] (Instagram profile, 11 Jul 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para athletics at international level, including at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, and in Para cross-country skiing. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2020)
Impairment
She was born with talipes [club foot] in her left foot. She underwent casting and surgery which resulted in drop foot and nerve damage. She also had scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. In December 2020 she underwent spinal surgery to fuse together her T2 and L3 vertebrae. (idahopress.com, 10 Jul 2019; challengedathletes.org, 01 Jan 2019; Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2021)
Other information
FROM CHINA TO THE UNITED STATES
She was born in the People's Republic of China and was adopted by a US family. "I was adopted from China when I was almost two years old, and I had a club foot when I was born. After my parents brought me home and fixed my foot I still had problems with my foot. When I was seven I saw Oscar Pistorius run in the [2012] London Paralympics and I told my mum that I wanted to run in the Paralympics and win a gold. After bugging her for a month, she found a Para athletics club through the YMCA." (sheplayswewin.com, 01 Jan 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
ParaPan American Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 Long Jump T42-44/61-63 4.45
3 2019 100m T64 14.07