Austin Pruitt: Mormon Athlete
Austin Pruitt is a Paralympic athlete and competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the 100-meter and 800-meter events in the T34 and T33/34 classifications, respectively. He advanced to the finals in the 800-meter race and finished sixth. He competed in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and finished fifth in the 200 meters. He took four first-place medals at the Washington State High School Track and Field Championships in May 2012 and set state records in the 200-, 400-, and 1600-meter events. At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championship, he won a bronze medal in the 200 meters.
Pruitt is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was featured in a documentary called “Pushing for Victory” and has overcome the effects of cerebral palsy to compete.