Jason Kimball is on Team USA as a Paralympic Cyclist. He is a complete rockstar and cycling badass. He is a 7x National Champion, the current world record holder and World Champion.
Jason was born and raised in Corning, California until 1994, when he graduated high school. It was during those formative years that he started racing BMX bikes. He did really well at it, and even qualified for the State Championship one year.
Immediately after High School, Jason joined the Marine Corps. He was deployed several times, mostly to Okinawa and Japan. He spent some time riding mountain bikes as cross training for fitness and competed in a few races. In one event he finished in the top 10 against nearly 300 racers.
In 1998, he left the Marines to become a cowboy. He lived in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and California while he learned all there is to know about horses and cattle. He even tried being a "bull rider" in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He stayed on two wheels throughout this time, but it was on a motocross bike. For a while, he tried to be as serious as a moto-X rider. He raced quite a bit, but never really had much success in the sport.
After 9-11 it was really hard for him to stay out of the fight. "See, back when I was in the Marines, a classmate of mine, Josh, was killed in Saudi Arabia by the very same perpetrators of 9-11. Josh was one of the nicest people in the world. Growing up in a small town like Corning you become more like family than you would in a large city. So, the whole class really felt the loss when they bombed Josh's barracks" he says. Jason vowed right then that he would have his revenge on those responsible, if ever given the opportunity.
This time instead of the Marine Corps, he decided on the Army. His decision on the Army was due to a large bonus and the promise of professional career courses. The Marine Corps unfortunately couldn't get him either of those. He was deployed with the 101st Airborne Division to Iraq and is very proud of the things they accomplished there.
Then, along came an opportunity at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY, to train upcoming Officers in 2004. It just happened that it was also time for him to reenlist. He was able to pledge himself again, though this time would be special. He was able to have the ceremony at "Ground Zero." It was very special for him to raise his right hand for the oath at the very site of the attack on so many of his fellow Americans. He says he was absolutely honored to be able to stand on that hallowed ground and promise to protect our great country and its people with his life.
Following "The Long Gray Line" assignment, he was deployed to Korea. It was there where he discovered the rough and tumble of rugby, and it became a really great way to keep his warrior spirit entertained! He eventually became a club officer and his rugby team won the Korean Peninsula Championship. He and a friend spent many weekends backpacking all over the country seeing some of the most amazing parts of Korea. They walked from the DMZ all the way to Seoul, living like something from the pages of a National Geographic story. He also started riding mountain bikes again. The hills and trails in Korea are absolutely amazing and he was never far from a bicycle the whole time there.
When his two years in Korea were coming to a close, he decided to try for a dream he had always held on to. He wanted to become a Green Beret. In 2006, he went to Special Forces Assessment and Selection. It was probably the hardest three weeks of his life he says, outside of actual combat. By the end of it, he was one of the few selected for Special Forces. There's no way he could have known how much it would change his life.
The next year while he was in Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, NC, I fell 20 feet. After the fall he tried to forge on -- He was so close to graduation. But, it was impossible, he had fractured a lumbar vertebra and herniated some discs in my spinal cord. This single event that took all of two seconds, effectively ending his career as an American Fighting Person, and dramatically changing his life in many other ways.
While rehabbing from three spinal fusions and other surgeries, he was introduced to road cycling as a means of recovery. Within two days of being on the bike he had made up my mind, he wanted to become a Paralympic Cyclist. The next year he attended a cycling camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. There he met Pam Fernandes, a Paralympic Gold and Silver medalist. Thanks to her mentorship and the coaching of Simon Bennett, he became a fixture at cycling events around the country and, eventually beyond.
In 2015, he became a USA Cycling Coach. He quickly progressed earning his Level 2 coaching license and Distinction. Since then he has been riding, racing and coaching with some of the best athletes in the world. "My goal will always remain to be a Paralympic champion, to once again represent my country in the highest tradition".
Current World Record Holder in Paralympic Track Cycling 200 Meter
World Champion 2017 in Paralympic Track Cycling Team Sprint
4th Place in 2018 World Championships for Paralympic Track Cycling Team Spring
Retired Military Marine Corps
United States Army
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