Sport: Wheelchair Tennis
Physical Challenge: Paraplegia
David Wagner grew up playing basketball and tennis in Washington. He became a quadriplegic at the age of 21 when he attempted to jump a wave while playing Frisbee on the beach. The wave caught his feet and spun him, forcing him head-first into the sand.
Although walking was out of the question, Wagner picked up a table tennis paddle in rehab which eventually reignited his love for tennis. By 28, David was the number one ranked USA tennis player; he would go on to four consecutive Paralympic showings, bringing home 8 total medals – 3 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.
Wagner left the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio ranked #2 in the world in Quad singles and #1 in Quad doubles and is now headed to Toyko for his 5th Paralympic Games. Besides his extensive training schedule, Wagner also runs wheelchair tennis clinics and teaches classes for children and does his best to promote wheelchair tennis worldwide.