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Jorge  Avalos

Jorge Avalos

Sergeant First Class (Retired)
U.S. Army

2016 W100K Rider

Jorge Avalos joined the Army in 1992 and served for 23 years.  During his deployment to Iraq in 2007, an IED hit Jorge’s vehicle and he was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

After his injury, Jorge was still on active-duty when, during a skydiving demonstration in 2011, his canopy did not fully inflate and he crashed to the ground at 45 mph.  The impact crushed his left foot, caused a partial amputation to his left leg, broke his back and left him paralyzed from the waist down.  He also suffered another impact to the head which exacerbated his existing TBI.  During his recovery, Jorge picked up cycling as a part of his rehabilitation.

In 2012, while riding his bike to train for the Warrior Games, Jorge was run over by a truck.  He was severely injured with skin abrasions on both legs, hands and face, fractured tibia and fibula of the left leg, ankle broken in 6 pieces, 4 broken ribs, compression fracture of 3 thoracic vertebrae, and separation of the ureter from the left kidney.  Despite all of this, he was back on his bike approximately 2 months after he was hit. 

In 2015, Jorge was medically retired from the Army and today he remains an avid bike enthusiast.