Hall of Fame Alumni
Pat McDonald Athlete of the Year
After racing for eight years as a professional triathlete and mountain biker, Jamie Whitmore faced the toughest battle of her career: cancer. Jamie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer growing out of her sciatic nerve, which left her paralyzed in her left lower leg creating drop foot. She also lost her left gluteal muscle.
Three years and twin boys later, Jamie finally got back on the bike. Doctors told her she would only be able to ride a stationary bike, however with her determination and dedication, she happily proved them wrong 3 years later winning the 2012 C3 Para Cycling Road and Time Trail National Championship. Then, just a month later Jamie competed in the grueling Leadville 100 Mountain bike race finishing in 11:42:34, earning a small belt buckle. This competition also earned her the title 'Best Pro Comeback Race of the Year' by Triathlete Magazine (January issue, 2013). In October of 2012, Jamie was inducted into the Xterra Hall of Fame.
As part of the National Para Cycling Team, Jamie has been competing all over the world. In 2013, Jamie won the 2013 Para Cycling Women's C3 National Championships in Madison, WI and the Para Cycling C3 World Championships in Baie Cameau, Canada in Road and Time Trials. She was also the 2013 Para World Cup Champion, where she competed in Italy, Canada and Spain.
In 2014, Jamie won the ESPY Best Female Athlete with a Disability Award. She added two more titles on the Track in the 500 Time Trial and 3K Pursuit to her long list of accomplishments. She also set the World Record in both for her category. Jamie was able to defend her titles at the 2014 Road World Championships in the Time Trial and Road Race later this year. Her long-term goal is the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.
Jamie currently lives with her family in Somerset, California coaching others in Triathlon and as a motivational speaker.