Lex Gilette

Lex Gillette is an American track and field athlete who has proved to the world that there are absolutely no excuses. Retina detachments in both eyes have left him with the challenge of living life with no sight. Fortunately for Lex, once he lost his sight, he gained a vision.


Elexis "Lex" Gillette is the most accomplished, totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of U.S. Paralympics. He is the current world record holder in the long jump, a four-time Paralympic medalist, a two-time long jump world champion, and a 16-time national champion. He is the only totally blind athlete in the world to eclipse the 22-foot barrier in the long jump. 

The average eight-year old child can be seen riding a bicycle, shooting baskets, or playing at a nearby playground, but Lex Gillette was far from being your average child. In 1992, Gillette witnessed his eight years of sight slowly fade away due to recurrent retina detachments. Ten operations couldn't stabilize what little sight that he had. After the final operation, Lex's mother, had the difficult task of telling her son that he would most likely never see again. As difficult as this was, she vowed to teach her son everything that he would need to know in order to be successful in life. Today, her efforts can be seen through the excellence of her son.

I want kids to realize that they have the ability to choose their own Nametags. All of us have something inside of us to offer to the word and I want them to be able to pull that out of themselves so that they can step away from the crowd and be that amazing person they are."


  • 4X Paralympic Medalist - Long Jump (2016 Rio, 2012 London, 2008 Beijing, 2004 Athens)
  • 2016 Gold Medalist, Long Jump, Paralympic Track and Field Trials
  • 2015 Gold Medalist, Long Jump, U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships
  • Received the Athletes in Excellence Award from The Foundation for Global Sports Development, in Recognition of His Community Service Efforts and Work with Youth
  • 2014 Gold Medalist, Long Jump, U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championship
  • 2011 Gold Medalist and set World Record 6.73m, Desert Challenge Games
  • 2010 Four Time Gold Medalist, U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships
  • 2007 Graduated from East Carolina University

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