Jessica Heims made her debut on the world stage when she qualified for the 2015 IPC World Championships. Heims competed in the discus and the 400 meter dash in Doha last year, and has now qualified to represent the USA in the same 2 events at the 2016 Paralympics, this month, in Rio. Heims, a senior at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School is coached by Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Bill Calloway.
Heims competes in the T-44 category which is the classification for athletes with a single, below the knee amputation. Due to a birth defect, Heims had her right leg amputated before the age of 1.
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Jessica agreed to keep us up to date on her experiences as an Olympian from Iowa in Rio
“Letters From Rio”-by Jessica Heims
I’ve been busy training! I was at the Naval Base for a few days, and then went over to the Air Force Academy to train for a day. Now I am training at the Olympic Stadium warm-up track until my events. This morning my teammate and fellow thrower Natalie had a mock-competition training. We woke up at the time we will on Sunday and went through every step we will for the real thing. Afterwords we were able to go into the Olympic Stadium to check it out. I’m still getting goosebumps thinking about it. The track is so wonderful and the stadiums lights and structure is just so overwhelming. Everything about it is so grand, yet so perfect. I cannot wait to compete Sunday. The rest of the day for me today will consist of a light track workout and lots of rest. It’s been a blast so far, and it’s only just begun!