Hometown: Kissimmee, FL

Personal Story: Nicky Nieves is a distinguished two-time Paralympian and two-time Paralympic gold medalist. She achieved gold medals with the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team at both the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. Nicky was born without a left hand, a condition doctors believe might have been caused by the umbilical cord wrapping around her hand. Despite this, she never let it deter her from pursuing her passions. At the age of six, Nicky learned to play the piano, showcasing her determination and talent from a young age. When she was 10 years old, her family moved from Queens, New York, to Kissimmee, Florida. It was in Kissimmee that Nicky began her journey in sports, starting in the sixth grade. She participated in volleyball, track and field, and cheerleading, excelling in all. Her senior year of high school was particularly notable as she earned Conference Player of the Year honors. Beyond her athletic achievements, Nicky is dedicated to giving back to the community. She is the founder and director of Limitless People Inc., a nonprofit organization. She also coaches volleyball and works at Nuability Athletics during the summer, teaching sports to children with physical disabilities aged 5 to 18. Nicky most admires her mother, Vilma, for her strength and determination, qualities that have clearly influenced Nicky’s own journey.

Physical Disability: Limb Difference: Arm

Sport: Sitting Volleyball

Social Media: Instagram

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