Lex Gillette

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Elexis "Lex" Gillette
Meeting d'Athlétisme Paralympique de Paris - Lex Gillette 01.jpg
Lex Gillette at the Paris Paralympic Meeting in 2014
Personal information
Full name Elexis LaVelle Gillette
Nickname(s) Lex
Nationality United States
Born (1984-10-19) October 19, 1984 (age 31)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Residence Chula Vista, California

Elexis "Lex" Gillette (born October 19, 1984) is a blind Paralympic athlete from Raleigh, North Carolina in the United States competing in T11 (track) and F11 (field) events for the United States.

He competed in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, where he won silver in the men's long jump F11 event. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, he won a silver medal in the men's long jump F11 event and finished fifth in the men's triple jump F11. He competed in 100 m and 200 m T11 events but did not advance to the finals. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, he won a third consecutive silver medal in the men's long jump F11 event and finished fourth in the triple jump event.

At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, he won gold in the men's long jump F11 event and he also won silver in the triple jump event. Gillette was a part of the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships 4 × 100 m relay team that won a silver medal and set a new American record in the process. Gillette broke his own long jump world record for F11 classified athletes of 6.73 m (22 feet 1 inch) with a leap of 6.77 m (22 feet 2 in.) on April 23, 2015, at a high performance meet held at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.[1][2]

He attended Athens Drive High School and graduated college from East Carolina University in 2007.[3]

Music[edit]

Lex Gillette is also a musician. He plays the piano and enjoys singing. Lex released a music single on April 16, 2012 that was originally titled Go for Gold and was later changed to On the Stage. The song is currently available on iTunes.

Beep ball[edit]

While in high school, Gillette was introduced to beep ball, a modified form of baseball for the visually impaired and blind. In 2003, Gillette was recruited to play with the West Coast Dawgs of the National Beep Baseball Association. His first role with the team consisted mostly of designated hitter duties, but in 2005, Gillette became the starting right fielder for the Dawgs. In 2005 West Coast finished 5th in the World Series that were held in Houston, Texas. 2006 saw the Dawgs play in the championship game where they lost to the Taiwan Home Run. The 2007 World Series of Beep Ball were held in Rochester, Minnesota, and the Dawgs returned to the championship game only to lose to the Kansas All Stars. In 2008, Gillette won his first World Series title with the West Coast Dawgs as they outlasted Kansas for the world title. He was named to the offensive all-star team in the same year. The Dawgs returned to the 2009 World Series title game and repeated as champions against the Taiwan Home Run. In both 2010, and 2011, the West Coast Dawgs played in the World Series title game against the Taiwan Home Run, and both times, Gillette scored the game-winning run to put the Dawgs on top as world champions. ESPN’s E60 featured Gillette and the West Coast Dawgs’ 2011 title run.[4]

Lex Gillette Day[edit]

Mayor David S. Gysberts and Washington County Board of Commissioners Terry Baker proclaimed September 25 Lex Gillette Day in both Hagerstown, Maryland and Washington County.[5]

Major Accomplishments[edit]

  • 2016: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist - Long Jump, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2015: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Tempe, Arizona
  • 2014: IPC Athletics Grand Prix Finals Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Birmingham, England
  • 2014: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, San Mateo, California
  • 2014: Meeting d’Athlétisme Paralympique de Paris Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Paris, France
  • 2014: Italian Open Championships Grand Prix Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Grosseto, Italy
  • 2014: Italian Open Championships Grand Prix Silver Medalist - 100m sprint, Grosseto, Italy
  • 2014: IX Internacional Meeting Kern Pharma, Gran Prix Sauleda Champion - Long Jump, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2014: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Mesa, Arizona
  • 2013: IPC Athletics World Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Lyon, France
  • 2013: IPC Athletics World Championships Silver Medalist - Triple Jump, Lyon, France
  • 2013: IPC Athletics World Championships Silver Medalist - 4 × 100 m relay, Lyon, France
  • 2013: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Triple Jump, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Silver medalist - 100m Sprint, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2012: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist - Long Jump, London, England
  • 2012: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Mesa, Arizona
  • 2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Miramar, Florida
  • 2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Triple Jump, Miramar, Florida
  • 2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - 100m sprint, Miramar, Florida
  • 2011: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - 200m sprint, Miramar, Florida
  • 2011: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Mesa, Arizona
  • 2011: Desert Challenge Games Gold Medalist - 100m sprint, Mesa, Arizona
  • 2011: IPC Athletics World Championships Bronze Medalist - Triple Jump, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2011: IPC Athletics World Championships Bronze Medalist - 200m sprint, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Miramar, Florida
  • 2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Triple Jump, Miramar, Florida
  • 2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - 100m sprint, Miramar, Florida
  • 2010: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - 200m sprint, Miramar, Florida
  • 2010: Paralympic World Cup Bronze Medalist - 100m sprint, Manchester, England
  • 2010: Athletics Disability Challenge Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Liverpool, England
  • 2008: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist - Long Jump, Beijing, China
  • 2008: U.S. Paralympics track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Tempe, Arizona
  • 2008: U.S. Paralympics track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Triple Jump, Tempe, Arizona
  • 2007: Para-Pan American Games Bronze Medalist - Long Jump, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2007: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Marietta, Georgia
  • 2006: IPC Athletics World Championships Silver Medalist - Long Jump, Assen, The Netherlands
  • 2006: U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2006: Paralympic World Cup Silver Medalist - Long Jump, Manchester, England
  • 2004: Paralympic Games Silver Medalist - Long Jump, Athens, Greece
  • 2002: United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Track and Field National Championships Gold Medalist - Long Jump, Colorado Springs, Colorado

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IPC Athletics World Records". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lex Gillette wins third consecutive silver medal". Team USA. 
  3. ^ Davis, Mike (October 13, 2011). "Blind alumnus beats athletic record". The East Carolinian. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Schaap, Jeremy. Beep Ball. ESPN. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Shok, Holly (September 26, 2013). "Three-time U.S. Paralympian Elexis "Lex" Gillette visits Hagerstown". Herald Mail. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 

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