5 Fun Facts About 16-Year-Old Ezra Frech, Team USA's Youngest Paralympian in Tokyo

Ezra Frech, 16, is the youngest Team USA athlete at the Tokyo Paralympics. During NBCSN's live broadcast of the opening ceremony on Aug. 24, a video of him, at age 11, played in which he said he was training for this summer's Games — now, five years later, he'll be competing for long jump, high jump, and 100m medals. "I put it out into the universe at 11 years old that I would make the Tokyo 2020 team. A dream that seemed crazy," he wrote on Instagram in June upon qualifying, adding, "Anything is possible."

Frech competes in the T63 classification for athletes with single above the knee or "through knee" amputation. He was born with congenital limb differences to his left leg and hand. His mother, Bahar, said on the Today show that occupational and physical therapy early on in his childhood helped him learn to navigate his surrounding and get used to moving his body. Frech noted that he felt like an outsider growing up, but the sports world is where he knew he truly belonged.

The Paralympics postponement had a positive impact on Frech's training — he told Yahoo! Sports that he thinks he grew "like three to four inches in that year." He further told Teen Vogue that leading up to Tokyo, his training consisted of running track regularly, weightlifting three to four times a week, and home workouts as well. It's a "full-time job," he said.

Keep reading for some fun facts about Frech, and prepare to watch him contend for three medals in Tokyo (you'll find the Paralympic Games athletics schedule here).

Ezra Frech's First Word Was "Ball"
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Ezra Frech's First Word Was "Ball"

Yes, Frech is such a sports aficionado that his first word was "ball," his mom revealed to Parentology. He received his first prosthetic leg when he was just 11 months old, then his first athletic blade at age 4. He told Teen Vogue that he played a slew of sports growing up: soccer, basketball, and track.

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Ezra Frech Was Featured on Ellen

Frech said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in 2014 that he was the starting quarterback for his school's football team, and he enjoyed skateboarding as well. He talked about being a Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year finalist and feeling "at home" while playing doing what he loves.

Ezra Frech Was the Youngest Athlete at 2019 Worlds

Ezra Frech Was the Youngest Athlete at 2019 Worlds

At the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, Frech was the youngest athlete to compete. He was 14 years old and came in seventh in the high jump and eighth in the 100m dash and long jump events.

Ezra Frech and His Dad Started a Foundation For Adaptive Sports
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Ezra Frech and His Dad Started a Foundation For Adaptive Sports

Frech, along with his family and friends, began what is now known as Angel City Sports in June 2013. It's an organization that hosts free year-round training and competitions for adaptive athletes in Southern California. One such competition is the multisport Angel City Games, its flagship event. "Sports can only last for so long, but the impact we're making in these kids', veterans', adults' . . . in their lives is going to be lasting forever," Frech said on CBS KCAL9.


Ezra Frech Is an Avid TikToker

Frech indicates in his TikTok bio that he's looking for 200K followers. With over 197K, it looks like he's well on his way, and he posts impressive training videos along with fun content. OK, internet: do your thing! Follow him on social media below.

Instagram: @teamezra05

TikTok: @ezrafrech

Twitter: @TeamEzra05