Aaron Pike (athlete)

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Aaron Pike
Personal information
Born1985/1986(age 35–36)
Park Rapids, Minnesota, US
Alma mater University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Life partner(s) Oksana Masters
Sport
Sport
Disability class T54 (wheelchair racing)
Achievements and titles
World finals 2011 (wheelchair racing)
2015, 2017, 2019 (skiing)
Paralympic finals 2012 2016, 2020 (Summer)
2014, 2018 (Winter)
Medal record
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
World Para Nordic Skiing Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg2019 Prince GeorgeSprint biathlon
World Marathon Majors
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2021 Chicago Marathon

Aaron Pike (born 1985/1986) [1] is an American athlete who competes in wheelchair racing, biathlon and cross-country skiing. He has competed at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Summer Paralympics, and the 2014 and 2018 Winter Paralympics. Pike finished third at the 2021 Chicago Marathon, and fourth at the 2018 and 2019 New York City Marathons and the 2021 Boston Marathon.

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Personal life

Pike is from Park Rapids, Minnesota, US. [2] His father served in the military, and as a result, Pike grew up in four different US states, and spent time in Germany. [3] He studied at Ramstein High School in Kaiserslautern, Germany. [4] At the age of 13, he was accidentally shot in a hunting accident in Virginia, US, which damaged his spinal cord. [2] He studied sociology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and now lives in Champaign, Illinois. [5] Pike is in a relationship with Paralympian Oksana Masters. [2] [6]

Career

Wheelchair racing career

Pike started wheelchair racing in 2006, [5] at the University of Illinois. [6] He also participated in wheelchair basketball. [7] At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, he finished 26th and last in the heats of the 1,500 meters T54 event, [8] and 19th overall in the marathon T54 race. [9]

At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, he came sixteenth in the marathon T54 event, and was eliminated in the heats of the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters T54 events. [5] He was part of the American team that finished sixth the 4 x 400 meters T53/54 relay. [5] [10] In 2013, he came second at the Twin Cities Marathon. [7] He competed at the 2014 Chicago and New York City Marathons. [3]

At the 2016 Summer Paralympics, he came tenth in the marathon T54 event, [5] in a time of 1:30:13. [10] He was eliminated in the heats of the 1,500 meters T54 event. [5] The same year, he finished second at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, behind winner Kim Gyu-dae. [11] Pike came seventh at the 2016 London Marathon [12] and eighth at the 2016 New York City Marathon. [13] He came seventh again at the 2017 London Marathon, [14] and fourth at the 2018 New York City Marathon. [15] He finished ninth at the 2019 London Marathon, [16] and fourth again at the 2019 New York City Marathon. [17] In the same year, he came 10th in the 5,000 meters T54 event at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. [18] He has won the Grandma's Marathon on three occasions, [2] and set a new course record of 1:20:59 in the 2019 race; [19] he did not compete at the 2021 Grandma's Marathon, due to a scheduling clash. [2]

In June 2021, he was selected in the American team for the delayed 2020 Summer Paralympics, in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters T54 events. [10] He had finished second to Daniel Romanchuk at the U.S. Paralympic Team Track and Field Trials in all three events earlier in the month, and was also selected for the marathon T54 race. [10] He came fifth in his 5,000 meters heat, and did not qualify for the final. [20] He came ninth in his 1,500 meters heat, and did not qualify for the final. [21] He came third in his 800 meters heat, and again did not qualify for the final. [22] Pike came sixth in the marathon T54 race. [23] Pike came fifth at the 2021 London Marathon. [24] He competed at the 2021 Chicago and Boston Marathons on consecutive days; the races were 900 miles (1,400 km) apart. [2] He finished third overall in Chicago, and fourth in Boston. [25]

Winter sports career

After the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Pike took up skiing, [6] initially in order to take a break from wheelchair racing. [26] He was invited to try skiing by a coach of the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing National Team, [1] and joined the US team in 2013. [4] He now competes in biathlon and cross-country skiing. [2]

At the 2014 Winter Paralympics, he competed in the 7.5 km and 15 km sitting biathlon events, and the 1 km sprint, 10 km and 15 km sitting cross-country skiing races. [5] He competed at the 2015 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Cable, Wisconsin, US. [3] [7] It was his first World Skiing Championship event. [7]

He came fourth in the 15 km biathlon event at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships. [6] At the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, he competed in the 7.5 km, 12.5 km and 15 km sitting biathlon events, and the 1.1 km sitting cross-country sprint events. In the 15 km biathlon event, he succeeded in all 20 shots, and finished sixth overall. [5] At the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, Pike came third in the sprint biathlon event. [5] [6]

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