Jill Walsh entered the sport of para-cycling with a bang. After her multiple sclerosis progressed to the point where she could no longer ride a two-wheeled bike, a friend suggested she convert to a trike, and then not only ride it, but race it. At her first competition, the US Para-cycling
National Championship in 2014, Jill won the title of National champion in both the road race and time trial. At her first international competition, the UCI Para-cycling World Championship later that year, she earned silver in the road race and bronze in the time trial.
2015 was even a better year for Jill. In July at the UCI Para-cycling World Championship in Nottwil, Switzerland, she took silver in the time trial and won her first rainbow jersey, becoming the World Champion in the T2 road race. Soon after, at the Para Pan-American games in Toronto in August, she also took gold in the T1-2 mixed time trial.
2016 was an amazing year for Jill. She rode in the Challenged Athletes Foundation Million Dollar Challenge Ride 620 miles down the coast of California , where she was awarded the “Queen of the Mountain”, which she will remember always.
Her biggest honor was to represent the United States at the Paralympics in
Rio De janeiro, where she earned silver medals in the individual time trial and the road race.
GOAL: I will win gold at one of the World Cups!