, He competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning all three gold medals in the end. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Flipboard (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). In 1998, he won all 19 meets and was the SEC track and field athlete of the year and was later inducted into the school's sports hall of fame. 50: Brad Snyder - Manifesting Opportunity - Five Time Gold Medal Paralympic Athlete Brad Snyder calls himself a dreamer and a doer. Walking was a challenge. Two years later, he says he finally feels like a triathlete. Paralympic. Male Athlete of the Paralympic Games: Brad Snyder (swimming) Team of the Paralympic Games: Women’s sitting volleyball The show will … Snyder won two Gold medals and one Silver at London and three Gold and one Silver at Rio. The race also secured him a spot on the United States Paralympic team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.  In September 2011, he lost both of his eyes after stepping on an IED in an attempt to help victims of another bombing. He explained, "When you're kind of patching your life back together and figuring out how to adjust to blindness, you're not good at anything. From the Warrior Games to the Invictus Games, I'm glad to have my brother by my side as we raced against some of the fiercest competitors in the world! After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2006, Brad served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Brad Snyder: U.S. Paralympic Athlete; Retired U.S. Navy Officer: Brad is blind. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 with a degree in naval architecture; while there, he was captain of the swim team. Sports (Disciplines / Events) Triathlon Date of Birth 1984/2/29 Nationality USA Supporting Company Toyota Motor North America Main Achievements Coming Soon Messages I had a hard time getting the right amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush, because I can't see it.". In September 2011, he lost both of his eyes after stepping on an IED in an attempt to help victims of another explosion. We can choose to face them with courage. In addition, Snyder is the world record holder for the 100-meter freestyle among blind athletes, an event that he also swam in Bismarck. FULL PACKAGE PROGRAMS. Athlete; News; Toyota's Philosophy; Toyota & Sports; Blog; JP; Brad Snyder. , In June 2012 at the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials in Bismarck, North Dakota, Snyder won the 400-meter freestyle and beat his own record by 54 seconds. , Snyder eventually became a lieutenant in the Navy, and served in Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal officer. Snyder won two Gold medals and one Silver at London and three Gold and one Silver at Rio. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Snyder competed in his second Paralympic Games in Rio 2016 and afterwards decided he had accomplished enough in the pool and that it was time for a new challenge. A look at 12 memorable Paralympic moments from the last five Games. FIELD STRONG As an able-bodied athlete, he had once transitioned from swimming to triathlon, so he thought he would try it again. Among fully blind swimmers, he is the current world record holder for the 100-meter freestyle events. , In 2016, he wrote a memoir with Tom Sileo entitled Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior's Journey from being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory. There are all these things that used to be no problem that are all of a sudden really challenging. His record time of 4:35.62 made him the current world leader among blind swimmers for the 400-meter freestyle. , In 2013, Brad became the official spokesman for a tactile timepiece with his namesake, the "Bradley." Bradley Warren Snyder (born February 29, 1984) is an American swimmer on the United States Paralympic team who competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio. Veterans Day Featured Athlete: Brad Snyder “We can’t choose the challenges we will face, we can only choose how we will face each challenge. Mobility for All. He competed in three Olympics and retired after the 2004 season. The explosion also gave him lacerations to his face and a shattered eardrum. He lost his eyesight from an IED explosion while serving in the United States Navy in … Snyder never lost a Southeastern Conference championship. Ep.  He swam while attending Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Snyder earned a full-ride scholarship at the University of South Carolina from 1995–99 and was a dominant force in collegiate athletics. Skip to content. Brad Snyder.  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Snyder never lost a Southeastern Conference championship. Bradley Snyder Team USA Para Swimming. , In August 2012 at the Paralympic Games in London, Snyder won Gold in the 100-meter freestyle (S11) after setting a Paralympic Record (57.18) in the preliminary heat. A former NFL player and beauty pageant contestant eye the Games. Open Menu Close Menu Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Snyder was the guest speaker at the 2013 Navy-Marine Corps Ball, held at the Washington Hilton, Washington, DC. As a part of his rehabilitation process Brad returned to the pool, and after a few months of training earned a spot on the US Paralympic National Team for swimming. Bradley Warren Snyder (born February 29, 1984) is an American swimmer on the United States Paralympic team who competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.  Later that week, Snyder won Gold again in the Men's 400m Freestyle (S11) with a time of 4:32.41, exactly one year to the day after losing his eyesight. Triathlon. [more], Swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Olympic Games at the Team USA Awards [more]. Your support helps us get injured military personnel like Brad Snyder from the frontline to the finish line.  The following day, he won a Silver Medal in the Men's 50m Freestyle (S11) setting an American record for 25.27. Brad’s Paralympic Journey . , "U.S. Paralympic Swimming Trials: Snyder world No. At the 2012 Paralympics, he competed in seven events, earning two Gold medals and one Silver medal. A Profile in Courage: Brad Snyder Athlete Voices , Spirit of Sport / September 21, 2015 January 3, 2020 From tragedy in Afghanistan to triumph in London: How a Navy Lieutenant became the standard-bearer of courage for clean athletes around the world. He lost his eyesight from an IED explosion while serving in the United States Navy in Afghanistan. [more], A star switches sports.