Tommy Chasanoff has been running since age 5. Nineteen years later, at the Parapan American Games in Mexico, 2011, he took his first international medals: two golds in the 400 and 800m, and two silvers in the 100 and 200m.
“It was an incredible meet for me,” says Tommy, who began by running a personal best in the 100m and then set a Parapan American record in the 400m with a time of 1:01:81.
Chasanoff, who has cerebral palsy, credits the hard training he’s been putting in at the Olympic Training Complex in Chula Vista, California. He tells MEDAL QUEST, “Races are the easy part. The hard parts are going out there, hitting the weight room, training when you don’t want to.” The next big meets for Tommy are the U.S. National Trials, June 28-July 1, where track and field athletes qualify for the London 2012 team.
When he’s not training, Tommy works at Florida Southern College, an NCAA Division II school, as an assistant in the sports information office, covering men’s lacrosse and assisting with baseball and other sports. He is a graduate of Webber International University, 2009, with degrees in sports management and marketing.
He also comes from a sports family: His twin brother works for the New Orleans Hornets, his older brother works for the San Francisco 49ers, and his dad runs a sports club called Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay. Tommy has worked with young athletes at the club for the past five years and has also coached at the National Junior Disability Championships: “It’s a wonderful feeling to watch athletes develop and grow year to year, and I believe my experience as an athlete helps me relate.”
Tommy is on Facebook, and he blogs for MEDAL QUEST in April and May.Back To Athletes