He did it his way… –
Oct. 10, 2020 – Hueftle rediscovered his love of running in 2017, something he did successfully in high school at middle distance. Upon returning to the sport he set out to become one of the best Paralympic sprinters in the U.S., and in three short years he has become a bona fide contender to compete in the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2021.
“I am not going to lie and tell you this has been easy, because it is not. But I knew if I kept drinking, I would lose it all,” said Hueftle, 35. “I was in so much pain, physically, mentally, emotionally. I was fighting depression, anxiety, anger, and just drinking all the time so I could forget. Aug. 7, 2015 is when my life came back.”
Hueftle’s true breakthrough came last year.
In late August 2019, he won the 100 and took silver in the 200 at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru — his first international medals. Three months later, he won a silver medal in the 100 and placed fourth in the 200 at the 2019 World Para Athletics championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.