PARK CITY, UTAH – November 11, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — In 2010, Rob Jones lost his legs to a land mine in Afghanistan.
He then gained fame by riding his bicycle coast to coast across the United States.
Now the 29-year-old former Marine says he’s training to compete in the 2016 Paralymic Games in Rio De Janiero. Jones plans to compete in the triathlon.
During his cross-country ride, the former combat engineer raised 126 thousand dollars for veterans charities, including the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Ride to Recovery.
Jones has previous Paralympic experience; winning a bronze medal for rowing in the 2012 London Olympic Games. He says, in Rio, he plans to win gold.
Jones moved to Utah after completing his 5,180-mile odyssey across the United States because he believes training at high altitude will enhance his performance at sea level.
He lives in Sugar House.