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Local Veteran Participates in 2012 Paralympic Games

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Oz Sanchez, US Paralympic Athlete

Oz Sanchez, US Paralympic Athlete

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The 2012 London Paralympic Games opened Wednesday, August 29, 2012, which marked the start of the largest games in history.   There are 17 Veterans who are on the US Paralympic Team and one of them is from San Diego, Oz Sanchez.

VA San Diego Healthcare System wishes Veteran patient and Paralympic athlete Oz Sanchez the best as he competes in London next week.  The 2012 London Paralympic Games will run until Sept. 9, 2012. 


Name: Oz Sanchez
Sport: Para Cycling
Current Residence: San Diego, Calif.
College: San Diego State University

Paralympic Experience: 

  • 2012 Paralympic Games
  • 2008 Paralympic Games, Gold medal, time trial (H4); Bronze medal, road race (H4) – Paralympic Games, Beijing, China

Career Highlights:

  • 2011 Gold medal, road time trial (H4); Gold medal, road race (H4) - Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 2011: Gold medal, time trial (H4); Gold medal, mixed team relay – UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Roskilde, Denmark 
  • 2011: First place, overall (H4) - UCI Para-Cycling World Cup series
  • 2010: Finisher - Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii
  • 2010: Gold medal, time trial (H4); Gold medal, road race (H4); Silver medal, mixed team relay – UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Quebec, Canada
  • 2009: Gold medal, time trial (H4) – UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Bogogno, Italy
  • 2008: Gold medal, time trial (H4); Bronze medal, road race (H4) – Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2008: Gold medal – Accenture U.S. Paratriathlon National Championships, New York, New York

Fun Facts: Oz grew up in Los Angeles and spent six years as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his bachelor's in business from San Diego State University and is now a motivational speaker.