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About Scout

Scout Bassett spent seven years in a government-run orphanage in Nanjing, China after she was abandoned on the side of a street following the loss of her right leg in a chemical fire as an infant. Given a makeshift prosthetic leg patched together from leather belts and masking tape, she never stepped outside of the orphanage, spending her days mopping floors, washing dishes and taking care for the younger children before being adopted by an American couple from Michigan in 1995. Still learning the English language, Bassett joined sports as a way to connect with her peers. She tried basketball, softball, golf, and tennis before competitively racing in track & field and triathlons. At 14, she was introduced to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), who gave her a grant to fund her training while also allowing her to attend running clinics and mentor young amputees. Bassett competed at the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field London Trials, where she placed 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m. Four years later, she achieved her dream of competing in the Paralympic Games by qualifying in both the 100m and long jump events at Rio 2016. Standing at 4’9”, Bassett is now a 3-time National Champion in the 100m and two-time runner up in the long jump. She is currently the World Record holder in the 400m and American Record holder in the 100m and 200m. Prior to competing in track, Scout was on the USA Paratriathlon National Team, where she won 3 silver medals and 1 bronze medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. Off the track, Bassett spends time as a mentor, activist for people with disabilities, athlete ambassador and motivational speaker and is a unique and inspiring role model for all people to dream big and believe.

Career Highlights

2007 - 2011

Four-time medalist at ITU Paratriathlon World Championships

2007 - 2011

2015

Won first of 3 consecutive U.S. national championships in the 100 meters

2015

2016

Set 3 American records and qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

2016

2017

Won bronze in both 100m and long jump at World Championships

2017

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