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Patricia Collins

Paralympian 2016

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Hackettstown, NJ


Rutgers '91, BA Communications;

Name: Patricia Collins
Sport: Paratriathlon
Classification: PT4
Birthdate: May 30, 1969
Height: 5'4"
Hometown: Hackettstown, N.J.
Current Residence: Alexandria, Va.
College: Rutgers '91, BA Communications;
The Eisenhower School, '13, MS National Resourcing and Strategy

Career Highlights

2016 U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team Member, 10th
2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Champion
2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships silver medalist
2015 Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Event Champion
Four-time ITU World Paratriathlon Event bronze medalist (2017: Yokohama; 2015: Edmonton, Yokohama, Buffalo City)

Elite Triathlon Career

2017: Earned a bronze medal at the second stop of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan • Won the women’s PTS4 division at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships • Took the win at the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon National Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

2016: Recorded a top-10 finish at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games • Finished fourth at the Besançon and Strathclyde ITU World Paratriathlon Events, and placed sixth at the Penrith ITU World Paratriathlon Event • Placed fourth at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships

2015: Finished top-10 at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago • Reached the podium three at ITU World Paratriathlon Events, including gold in Edmonton and bronzes in Yokohama and Buffalo City • Placed fifth at the Monterrey CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships

2013: Earned a silver medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London • Placed second at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships

2012: Won gold at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand

Personal: Parents are Sal and Rita • Sisters are Sandie and Laura • Son is Gabe, who she adopted from Guatemala • Recently retired from a 25-year career with the U.S. Army • Ended her Army career with the rank of Colonel • Spent time working at the Pentagon and Fort Bragg • Was injured on a cycling outing in 2006 when she was hit by a car • Ultimately made the decision to amputate her lower left leg in 2007 • Has over 100 parachute jumps from an airplane, including two after she lost her leg.

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