Bradley Snyder was born in Reno, Nevada, in 1984. He excelled in multiple sports growing up, including cross-country, track and field, and swimming. After graduating from high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, Snyder attended the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 2006 with a focus in naval architecture. He was also captain of the swim team.
Snyder became a lieutenant in the US Navy, serving as an explosives ordnance disposal officer in Afghanistan. In September 2011, he stepped on an IED while attempting to aid victims of an earlier explosion. The blast destroyed his sight and caused injuries to other parts of his face and head.
Since his injury, Bradley has competed in the 2012 Warrior Games and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. At the Warrior Games he won a total of 7 gold medals in swimming and track and field. In London, he took a silver and two golds, one of which he won on the anniversary of his accident. His teammates on Team USA selected him as the US flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony.
Snyder is the current world record holder in his class for the 400 meter and 100 meter freestyle events.
He is currently training at RedOwl Analytics in Baltimore while he awaits his discharge from the Navy. He looks forward to the 2016 Summer Paralympics, and continues to take pride in representing his country.Back To Athletes