Kortney Clemons Personal information Nationality United States Born June 23, 1980 Residence Little Rock, Mississippi Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Kortney Clemons (born June 23, 1980) is an  American Paralympic athlete and Iraq War Veteran. 
He is featured in the 2009 documentary
Warrior Champions about American soldiers who lost limbs or suffered paralysis in Iraq, and their way to the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing.
Clemons went to high school in
Little Rock, Mississippi. He played football, basketball and baseball.
junior college football as a cornerback at East Mississippi Community College before he joined the army. 
Clemons is a
Purple Heart recipient. He served in the United States Army from 2001 to 2006. 
He was working as a
combat medic in the 1st Cavalry Division.
Clemons lost his leg in
Baghdad, Iraq on February 21, 2005, when he and other soldiers were helping a group of soldiers whose car had hit gravel and tipped over. As they were helping, a roadside bomb exploded, and wounded some and killed others. In the first years since this happened, Clemons has worn a bracelet with the name of three soldiers who lost their lives; 1st Lt. Jason Timmerman, Staff Sgt. David Day and Sgt. Jesse Lhotka. 
Clemons attended a clinic held by
U.S. Paralympics at Brooke Army Medical Center in 2005, and then a Military Sports Camp, which was when he started track and field training. He first started competing in power lifting, but chose to commit to track and field in 2007. 
He is the first Iraq war Veteran to have qualified for the
U.S. Paralympic team.   
He tried to qualify for the
2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, but did not make the cut.  This is featured in the 2009 documentary  Warrior Champions. He is now focusing on the  2012 Summer Paralympics in London. 
Currently, he is on the roster to compete for the U.S. in the
2016 Summer Paralympics. 
He won the 100m (T42) at the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, Tempe, Ariz, in 2008.
Penn State University and participated in their Ability Athlete program.   
Clemons, Kortney; Briggs, Bill (2008). . John Wiley & Sons. p. 288. Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War ISBN . 978-0-470-28137-6
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