Olympians With a Disability (60)

Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Role(s) Era Notes
Jim Abbott USA BBL Non-Medal 1988 Abbott was born without a right hand.
Edgar Adams USA SWM Olympics 1904 Severely injured when, as a child, a shotgun blast accidentally hit him in the left leg, leaving him with difficulty walking due to that leg being 4-6 inches shorter than the right leg.
Tony Ali-Ally GBR DIV Olympics 1996—2004 Deaf.
Max Baldwin AUS CMA Olympics 1956 Lost use of his left leg to polio as a baby.
Frank Bartolillo AUS FEN Olympics 2004 Born profoundly deaf.
Bobby Bridge GBR ATH Olympics 1912 Left arm amputee.
Harold Brooke AUS SAL Olympics 1960 Had the use of only his left arm.
Tamika Catchings USA BKB Olympics 2004—2016 Hearing disability.
Chris Colwill USA DIV Olympics 2008—2012 Born with 60 percent hearing loss.
Hal Connolly USA ATH Olympics 1956—1968 His left arm was more than 11 centimetres shorter than his right arm and his left hand was two-thirds smaller than his right hand.
Georges Conraux FRA FEN Olympics / Referee 1924 Competed left-handed in fencing as his right arm was amputated at the elbow, possibly from a war injury.
Nina Cutro-Kelly USA JUD Olympics 2020 Cutro-Kelly is hearing imparied, and has 50% hearing loss in both ears.
Diksha Dagar IND GLF Olympics 2020 Deaf
Jack Dearlove GBR ROW Olympics 1948 Right leg amputee.
Gus Erker USA ROW Olympics 1904 Only one eye.
George Eyser USA GAR Olympics 1904 Left leg amputee.
Ignazio Fabra ITA WRE Olympics 1952—1964 Deaf since birth.
Neroli Fairhall NZL ARC Olympics 1984 Paraplegic, competed in wheelchair.
Paola Fantato ITA ARC Olympics 1996 Confined to a wheelchair following polio
Jeff Float USA SWM Olympics 1984 Deaf.
Pedro Frías DOM BOX Olympics 1988 Legally blind in one eye.
Paul Gnaier GER
FEN Olympics / Referee 1960—1972 Right hand amputee.
Donald Gollan GBR ROW Olympics 1928 Deaf.
Shirley Gordon CAN ATH Olympics 1948 Born with a deformed left foot.
Olivér Halassy HUN SWM/WPO Olympics / Non-starter 1928—1936 Left leg amputee.
Lis Hartel DEN EDR Olympics 1952—1956 Paralyzed below her knees after struck by polio.
Lou Heim USA ROW Olympics 1904 Deaf.
Piero Italiani ITA DIV Olympics 1984—1988 Deaf since birth.
Bill Jones CAN SHO Olympics 1960 Deaf.
Assunta Legnante ITA ATH Olympics 2008 Visually impaired.
Whitly Loper USA SHO Olympics 2004 Born blind in her right eye.
Luo Wenao CHN ATH Olympics 1948 Deaf and mute.
George Masin USA FEN Olympics 1972—1976 Hearing impaired.
Taylor McQuillin MEX SOF Olympics 2020 Legally blind in her left eye since birth
Zahra Nemati IRI ARC Olympics / Other 2016 Paralyzed after a car accident in 2008, competed in wheelchair.
Jakub Nosek CZE BOB Olympics 2018—2022 Hearing impaired.
Max Ordman RSA WRE Olympics 1960 Deaf.
Carlo Orlandi ITA BOX Olympics 1928 Deaf.
Terence Parkin RSA SWM Olympics 2000—2004 Profoundly deaf.
Natalia Partyka POL TTE Olympics 2008—2020 Born without a right hand and forearm
Hugo Passos POR WRE Olympics 2004 Deaf.
Brian Pickworth NZL FEN Olympics 1960 Left arm amputee.
Oscar Pistorius RSA ATH Olympics / Other 2012 Double leg amputee.
Hilaire Pratesi FRA BOX Non-starter 1952 He was the victim of an car accident in August 1955, which left him paralyzed
Ildikó Rejtő-Ujlaky-Sági HUN FEN Olympics 1960—1976 Profoundly deaf.
Marla Runyan USA ATH Olympics 2000—2004 Legally blind.
Michel Salesse FRA FEN Olympics 1980—1984 Competed left-handed as right arm was severely affected from polio as a child.
Mark Scott GBR ROW Olympics 1948 Loss of sight in one eye and partial sight in the other following a mortar bomb explosion in World War II
Michael Serth GER GTR Olympics 2000 During a training session in 2014, Serth forgot a part of an element (a twist) and landed so unlucky that he needed a wheelchair ever since that accident.
Vyacheslav Skomorokhov URS
ATH Olympics 1968 Deaf.
David Smith USA VVO Olympics 2012—2020 Born nearly deaf.
Dean Smith AUS ATH Olympics 1992 Deaf.
Walker Smith USA ATH Olympics 1920 Competed with an artificial right eye.
Károly Takács HUN SHO Olympics 1948—1956 Competed in 1936 right-handed. Lost his right hand to a grenade blast in World War ii, and then converted to shooting left-handed, at which he won his two gold medals.
Natalie du Toit RSA OWS Olympics / Other 2008 Left leg amputee.
Sonia Vettenburg BEL SHO Olympics 1992 Wheelchair user.
François Walker FRA GAR Olympics 1920 Received a military pension because of “paralysis in the arm and blurred vision after a gunshot wound received in 1914."
Ray Watson USA ATH Olympics 1920—1928 Competed without a right hand which he lost in a shooting accident at age 13.
Oskar Wetzell FIN DIV Olympics 1908—1912 Deaf
Yeo Gek Huat SGP BKB Olympics 1956 Deaf and mute.