Tricia Downing

Denver, CO

Regis University

Masters in Disability Studies

Spring 2010

Tricia Downing started her gymnastics career at the tender age of 7. While in high school she started diving which led to a spot on the University of Vermont team where she competed before transferring to the University of Maryland. After graduating from Maryland in 1991 with a B.A in Journalism she switched her athletics focus to cycling in 1995 and enjoyed great success until 2000 when she was hit by a car during a training ride, resulting in a T-4 paralysis. Staying positive, she is not letting her injury get the best of her. Tricia completed her graduate degree in Disability Studies at Regis University with a Masters of Arts in Disability Studies. Tricia is a member of the U.S. Physically Challenged National Triathlon team and also competes in marathons. She often serves as a keynote or motivational speaker and has published her first book Cycle of Hope—A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility in 2010.