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Brent Rasmussen

Brent Rasmussen

Brent Rasmussen is captain of the US men’s sitting volleyball team.

Rasmussen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2001 with a degree in small business management. He played baseball for four years at college, made the NCC All-Conference team, and became a free agent with the Omaha Royals, the Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Less than a year later, Brent stopped on a snowy night to help a driver whose car had slid off the road. When he got out, another vehicle also slid, hitting Rasmussen. He lost his left foot and ended up with a 16" rod in his right leg.

But this didn’t stop his elite sports career. In 2003, Brent joined the Nebraska Barons Wheelchair Softball Team and broke records for home runs, doubles, intentional walks, and on-base percentage at the 2003 national tournament .

That same year he also joined the U.S. men's sitting volleyball team, and in 2004 he helped the team place sixth at the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. He also continued both sports, leading the Barons to four national titles in six years.

When he’s not competing, Brent is president of a mortgage brokerage company, which allows him to help people “who are striving to achieve their dreams,” he says. Brent lives in Omaha, with his wife Kim and son Drew.

Brent’s personal and professional website is http://brentrasmussen.me. He is on Twitter and Facebook, where he says he is “inspired by Lou Gehrig.”

Due to a wrenching loss to Brazil in the 2011 Parapan American Games finals and another loss at the 2012 World Championships, the US men’s sitting volleyball team will not be going to the London Paralympics.

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