May 17, 2018
Key to the City Recipient
Jamie started competitive swimming at the age of 5. to running in High School and earned a scholarship to State University, Northridge. After earning a degree Criminology, Jamie gave Triathlon a try and started cycling. In late 2001, she turned pro in both Mountain Xterra (off-road triathlons) and dominated the Xterra in the U.S. and overseas for nearly 7 years. Jamie held Championship wins (more than any other female or that time), 6 U.S. Championship Titles, and 1 World 2008 Jamie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, wrapped around her sciatic nerve that resulted in the loss of use of most of her left leg, a condition called "drop foot." After three years and the birth of twin boys, Jamie returned to competition as a paracyclist. Jamie has won 9 World Titles (on the road and on the track) and set 2 world records in the 500TT and the 3K pursuit. Because of these great results, Jamie won an ESPY for Best Female Athlete With A Disability in 2014. As a member of Team USA, Jamie won gold and silver medals in the 2016 Rio Paralympics and a bronze medal at the 2018 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships. Jamie splits her time between Elk Grove and Somerset. Off the road and the track, she is a devoted mother and shares her story as a motivational speaker.