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Jessica Heims

Paralympian 2016, 2020

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November 17, 2023 - November 26, 2023 | Santiago, Chile

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Paris 2023 Para Athletics World Championships

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Athlete Bio

Jessica Heims just before releasing a disk
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Height

5'8"

Birthday

Dec 10, 1998

Hometown

Swisher, IA

Education

University of Northern Iowa ‘21, Biology

classification: T64/F64

Daughter of Kris and Glen Heims. Has two sisters, Beth and Nicole. Born with amniotic band syndrome, a condition where tissue, or bands, from floating parts of the amniotic sac wrap around and compromise an unborn babies’ limbs. Heims had her left leg amputated below the knee. She started in track and field at age 10, following in her sister’s footsteps. Her role model had always been Olympian Steve Prefontaine until she met Paralympic teammate Scout Bassett, who helped her get involved in Para track and field when she was 11. Since then, she has grown immensely in the sport, earning a spot on the University of Northern Iowa Track and Field Team. Enjoys listening to Broadway musicals, reading, learning about science and reading the Bible. Leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization at her university. Fan of the Captain America movie series by Marvel. Named homecoming queen at her high school in Iowa..

World Championships: 2015

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