SFC, USA RET Justin Widhalm // Para-cycling
Date of Birth8/21/1977
BirthplaceFort Carson, Colorado
Current ResidenceFountain, Colorado
StrengthsTrack Racing, 1 KM Time Trial, Team Sprint
Justin Widhalm is a former college wrestler turned Track Cyclist. During his second deployment to Iraq in 2006, Justin suffered severe injuries due to multiple concussions from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts, and a drop from a helicopter. While rehabilitating from his injuries Justin fell into a deep depression associated with his severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
With the introduction of cycling into his rehabilitation, Widhalm’s condition began to improve. He started on a handcycle in 2009, which he was told would be as far as he would go. Fueled by fire in his belly, the lifelong athlete set out to prove the experts wrong. Justin worked tirelessly to improve his neuro-muscular and balance problems. He competed in his first Track Cycling National Championships in 2010 placing 3rd Place in the upright C4 category in both the 1 KM TT & Individual Pursuit.
Justin has become a Track Cycling Specialist and has been a part of the last two Team USA World Championship Teams. He is the current US National C4 Champion and Para PanAm Games Bronze medalist in the 1 KM TT. He is the American and Pan American Record Holder in that event. He trains daily at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO where he is a Resident Athlete training to Represent the USA in the 2016 Paralympic Games.
When not training, the retired soldier enjoys spending time with his wife of over ten years, the former Jennifer Preister, and his two children Conner & Londyn. His interests are; cross country skiing, biathlon, and motivational speaking. Justin has a quote that sums up how cycling and an active lifestyle has saved his life. “I feel on top of the World, rather than the World on top of ME!”