SEELY Allysa

4 Jan 1989
32
Female
PTS2
PHOENIX, AZ
 
United States of America
PHOENIX, AZ
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
TRI Triathlon Women's PTS2 1 Gold Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Odaiba Marine Park
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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TRIATHLON
RankEventYearLocationResult
Paralympic Games
1PT22016Rio de Janeiro, BRA1:22:55
World Championships
1PTS22018Gold Coast, QLD, AUS1:17:54
1PT22016Rotterdam, NED1:23:46
1PT22015Chicago, IL, USA1:25:03
2PTS22019Lausanne, SUI1:25:18
2PTS22017Rotterdam, NED1:24:50
3Women's TRI-52012Auckland, NZL1:17:43
4Women's PT32014Edmonton, AB, CAN1:36:29

ATHLETICS
RankEventYearLocationResult
Paralympic Games
6200m - T362016Rio de Janeiro, BRA32.40
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Polly Pocket (defyingtheoddschasingadream.blogspot.com, 30 Jun 2011)
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Walking her dogs. (Instagram profile, 17 Mar 2021; triathlete.com, 18 May 2020)
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Athlete, Motivational Speaker
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Psychology - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
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English
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Derick Williamson [national], USA
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She has represented the United States of America in Para athletics, placing sixth in the T36 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Aug 2021)
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In January 2020 she contracted an infection on her right leg, which required surgery. After four weeks on crutches, another infection required further surgery in March that year. After she returned to training she discovered in July 2020 that she had an infected bloodstream, and also had intermittent high fevers, which were later diagnosed as endocarditis, a heart infection. After six months in hospital, she returned to training in February 2021. (elle.com, 17 May 2021)
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She competed in her first triathlon in September 2008. After her illness she took part in her first event in April 2011. (allysaseely.com, 06 Jun 2012)
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In her first year of university she decided that instead of making a New Year's resolution, she would make it her goal to do something new every year. Her first choice was competing in a triathlon, and she immediately fell in love with endurance sports. Following her illness she was determined to resume competing. "I really fell in love with the sport, the culture, the community. I stuck around [in triathlon] for a lot longer than I anticipated." (allysaseely.com, 06 Jun 2012; triathlete.com, 18 May 2020)
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To defend her gold medal in the PTS2 [previously PT2] event at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 24 Aug 2021; elle.com, 17 May 2021)
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She trains up to 30 hours a week at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America. (triathlete.com, 18 May 2020; insidethegames.biz, 19 Aug 2021)
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Winning gold in the PT2 event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (elle.com, 17 May 2021)
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"Even though [Para athletes] have disabilities, we're still fast. Each one of us is racing with a different disability, but we can hold our own, and we take pride in that. Don't underestimate us." (triathlete.com, 18 May 2020)

General Interest

Classification
PTS2 (World Triathlon, 25 Jun 2021)

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency (spofit.org, 05 Aug 2014)

Origin of Impairment
Acquired (spofit.org, 05 Aug 2014)

Impairment Details
At age 20 she was diagnosed with Chiari II malformation, basilar invagination and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, meaning that a portion of her brain had herniated into the spinal column and bent the brain stem. She had brain and spinal surgery, and after months of treatment was able to walk again. However the lasting effects of the condition led to a deterioration in the condition of her left foot, and her left leg was amputated below the knee in August 2013. She also has epilepsy as a result of the illness. (espn.go.com, 05 Jul 2016; spofit.org, 05 Aug 2014; allysaseely.com, 2014)

General
POSITIVE POSTPONEMENT
She required surgeries for a leg infection in January and March 2020. After the second operation, she asked her doctor to remove the stitches early so she could run in that month's national trials for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. On the eve of the event it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "It was definitely a hallelujah moment. I started to train again, and in July [2020], I went to the emergency room with an infection in my bloodstream and endocarditis [diagnosed in October 2020], a heart infection. I spent about six months away from home, away from training, away from feeling like myself. I started training for Tokyo again this February [2021], but I'm still having symptoms, including the fevers, pain, body aches, rashes." (elle.com, 17 May 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies, psychology, and exercise and wellness from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, United States of America. She also has a bachelor of science in biology, genetics, and cell and developmental biology from the same university, and in 2009 spent time abroad studying human and medical genetics at the University of Leeds in England. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)

Legend
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Gold Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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