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Chris Murphy

Paralympian 2016, 2020

Chris Murphy looks on with a silver metal around his neck

Athlete Bio

Chris Murphy pedals bike around a turn




Sep 20, 1984


Rancho Cucamonga, CA


California State University, Fullerton ’07

classification: MC5

Murphy first hopped on a bike as a means of commuting to a part-time job in LA, then began to enter national road cycling competitions...He sustained a brachial plexus injury at birth that resulted in permanent nerve damage from his neck through his arm...One day during recovery, he came across an article about a para-cyclist with a similar impairment...After adding track events to his repertoire, he was invited to a talent identification camp before making the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team in 2014...In 2016, he qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Team that was headed to Rio...Son of David and Quang Murphy...Appeared as a background musician in the 2012 Warner Brother’s Motion Picture Gangster Squad...Was a Disneyland musician from 2007-12...Hobbies include cooking, reading and performing music.
  • Two-time Paralympian (2016, 2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 5th (track time trial); 6th (track team sprint); 11th (track individual pursuit); No Result (road race)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 4th (track team sprint)' 8th (track time trial); 10th (road time trial)
  • Most recent: 2023 Track – silver (time trial), 15th (scratch)
  • Years of Participation: Track – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023; Road - 2014
  • Medals: 9 (2 golds, 3 silvers, 4 bronzes)
  • Gold – 2017 (time trial, team sprint)
  • Silver – 2023 (time trial); 2022 (time trial); 2020 (time trial)
  • Bronze – 2020 (team sprint), 2019 (time trial, team sprint), 2017 (pursuit)
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