LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Athlete Blake Leeper attends the UCLA Operation Mend 10 Year Anniversary at the Home of Founder Ron Katz Sponsored by The Thalians Entertainment by The Operation Mend All Star Band with Special Guest Billy Idol on September 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Greg Doherty/WireImage)

Blake Leeper


Motivational, Sport

Job Title

Paralympic athlete



Los Angeles, Unites States




Eight-time Paralympic medalist and exceptionally eloquent and passionate speaker, he is sharing his own story of facing challenges and beating the odds since birth. He is an aspiring example of how to work hard and overcome all obstacles to reach desired goals.


Speaking Topics

  • How to Aspire Greatness
  • The Day I Stopped Asking ‘Why Me?’
  • Accepting yourself the way you are – what you can truly do
  • What is your ‘Why?’: encourage this question to yourself – why are you doing it?

Expert Profile

Blake is an eight-time Paralympic medalist representing the United States.  

In 2011 he won a silver medal in the World Championships 4 × 100 m Relay. In the 2012 Paralympic Games, he won an individual silver medal in the 400-meter T44 event and a bronze medal in the 200m.

He made history by becoming the first double-leg amputee to compete at the USATF National championships. After qualifying for the semifinals with a time of 45.52 seconds in the 400m, Leeper was able to break Oscar Pistorius’ world record in the event with a time of 45.25 seconds the next day. 

In 2019 he broke another World Record in the 400m with a time of 44.38 seconds at the USATF National Championships. Making history again by being the first amputee ever qualifying for the national team and world championships.