John Register
John Register failed to clear a hurdle as he trained for the Olympic Games—a move that led to a tragic accident which amputated his leg and altered his life forever. He shifted his mindset and embraced a “new normal.” The Persian Gulf War U.S. Army veteran world champion became a two-time Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, professional speaker, and global influencer. Register “amputated his fear of disability stigma” and founded the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Sports Program. He authored 10 Stories to Impact Any Leader: Journal Your Way to Leadership Success in Spring 2020 and now gives business leaders the tools to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic and racial and social justice.
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Professional achievements:
Began swimming competitively at a young age and soon added baseball, football, and eventually track and field to his repertoire
Four-time All-American college athlete
Served in the U.S. Army for six years in Desert Shield and Desert Storm
Won nine gold medals in the Armed Services Competition and two World Military Championships
Qualified in Olympic trials in 1988 and 1992
Experienced a knee injury requiring amputation and use of a prosthetic leg
After 18 months of rehabilitation and training, made the 1996 Paralympic Team
Earned the Silver medal in the long jump at the 2000 Paralympic Games and set the American long jump record
Accepted a position with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
Created the USOC Paralympic Military Program
BA in communications from the University of Arkansas
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