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Paralympic Games Medalist, American Bladerunner & Motivational Speaker

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Patrick “Blake” Leeper is a United States Paralympic athlete, eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder. He was born on August 31st, 1989 in Kingsport, Tennessee with both legs missing below the knee.

Leeper’s first exposure to Paralympic track and field came through the 2008 games, when he watched Oscar Pistorius’ record-setting performances earn a spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10. A switch was flipped: Leeper knew he wanted to race. He reached out to members of the United States’ 2008 Paralympics team via MySpace, eventually receiving a response from an athlete named Ryan Fann. The guidance provided by Fann would lead Blake to get his first running legs and begin his journey.

Leeper came in first place in his first event and earned attention from U.S. Paralympics coaches. He placed first in a major race in Brazil, solidifying his status as one of track’s least expected young stars. He was then invited to train with U.S. Olympians in the summer of 2010. He later took home first place at trials in Miami.

Leeper dropped out of college to pursue track at the necessary level. He arrived in San Diego in December of 2010 and spent the entirety of 2011 training. After placing fifth against Oscar Pistorius in New Zealand, Leeper spent the next year of his life devoted fully to his training.

In the first race of 2012, Leeper posted a sub-22 in the 200m -- Pistorius was the only other person in the world who had done so. By June of 2012, Blake was tying the reigning champ’s times. Then, by the time the games rolled around, Blake was posted a 21.7 in the 200m.

Leeper arrived to his first Paralympic games and earned a bronze medal in the 200m and a silver medal in the 400m. While he did fall short of his goals of beating Pistorius, he had definitively showed that track and field world that his time was coming.

After improving even more with a 47.9 at trials, Leeper was asked to take a random drug test. While the test did not show cocaine itself, it did show metabolic byproducts of the substance, which was enough to warrant a suspension.

Leeper did not walk away from the sport he loves after his ban from the 2016 games. Following what he admitted was a “dark” period for him during the games, he doubled down on his commitment to his sport.

Since his return, Leeper has set a new American record in the 200m with a time of 21.5 and a new America’s record in the 400m at 46.1 at the Paralympic trials. He took silver in the 100m despite losing a prosthetic leg crossing the finish line live on NBC.

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  • The American Bladerunner: My Personal Story

    Born without legs below his knees, Blake Leeper, known as “The American Bladerunner” has never been one for excuses. He has defied the odds and won countless titles as a Paralympic runner. Now, he shares his personal yet inspiring story with all audiences. Taking them through every twist and turn, this articulate young man will have everyone on the edge of their seat, leaving the event with a sense of confidence and the determination to never give up.

  • Finding Abilities in Your Disabilities

    Blake Leeper has faced insurmountable obstacles as a paraplegic athlete. However, he has never let his physical disabilities stop him from following his dreams. Leeper uses his life and the lessons learned as the guideline to teach audiences to find the positive abilities in their seemingly negative disabilities. Whether the wall in front of you is physical or emotional, this speech provides practical advice to push forward as well as motivation to challenge yourself to overcome any barrier you may face.

  • Running Towards Your Dreams

    In this speech, Blake Leeper defines what it means to set your mind to accomplishing your wildest dreams. Using sport analogies and personal stories, he inspires audiences to run towards their dreams rather than walk. His encouraging and powerful message will help others believe in themselves, remain persistent and ultimately embrace their flaws to achieve their goals.

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    Booking fees for Blake Leeper, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Blake Leeper, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Blake Leeper?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Blake Leeper for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Blake Leeper for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Blake Leeper or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Blake Leeper or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Blake Leeper

Paralympic Games Medalist, American Bladerunner & Motivational Speaker

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Blake Leeper Biography

Patrick “Blake” Leeper is a United States Paralympic athlete, eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder. He was born on August 31st, 1989 in Kingsport, Tennessee with both legs missing below the knee.

Leeper’s first exposure to Paralympic track and field came through the 2008 games, when he watched Oscar Pistorius’ record-setting performances earn a spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10. A switch was flipped: Leeper knew he wanted to race. He reached out to members of the United States’ 2008 Paralympics team via MySpace, eventually receiving a response from an athlete named Ryan Fann. The guidance provided by Fann would lead Blake to get his first running legs and begin his journey.

Leeper came in first place in his first event and earned attention from U.S. Paralympics coaches. He placed first in a major race in Brazil, solidifying his status as one of track’s least expected young stars. He was then invited to train with U.S. Olympians in the summer of 2010. He later took home first place at trials in Miami.

Leeper dropped out of college to pursue track at the necessary level. He arrived in San Diego in December of 2010 and spent the entirety of 2011 training. After placing fifth against Oscar Pistorius in New Zealand, Leeper spent the next year of his life devoted fully to his training.

In the first race of 2012, Leeper posted a sub-22 in the 200m -- Pistorius was the only other person in the world who had done so. By June of 2012, Blake was tying the reigning champ’s times. Then, by the time the games rolled around, Blake was posted a 21.7 in the 200m.

Leeper arrived to his first Paralympic games and earned a bronze medal in the 200m and a silver medal in the 400m. While he did fall short of his goals of beating Pistorius, he had definitively showed that track and field world that his time was coming.

After improving even more with a 47.9 at trials, Leeper was asked to take a random drug test. While the test did not show cocaine itself, it did show metabolic byproducts of the substance, which was enough to warrant a suspension.

Leeper did not walk away from the sport he loves after his ban from the 2016 games. Following what he admitted was a “dark” period for him during the games, he doubled down on his commitment to his sport.

Since his return, Leeper has set a new American record in the 200m with a time of 21.5 and a new America’s record in the 400m at 46.1 at the Paralympic trials. He took silver in the 100m despite losing a prosthetic leg crossing the finish line live on NBC.

Blake Leeper Videos

  • I'm Thankful for my Disability - Blake Leeper
    Patrick “Blake” Leeper, eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder...

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Blake Leeper Speaking Topics

  • The American Bladerunner: My Personal Story

    Born without legs below his knees, Blake Leeper, known as “The American Bladerunner” has never been one for excuses. He has defied the odds and won countless titles as a Paralympic runner. Now, he shares his personal yet inspiring story with all audiences. Taking them through every twist and turn, this articulate young man will have everyone on the edge of their seat, leaving the event with a sense of confidence and the determination to never give up.

  • Finding Abilities in Your Disabilities

    Blake Leeper has faced insurmountable obstacles as a paraplegic athlete. However, he has never let his physical disabilities stop him from following his dreams. Leeper uses his life and the lessons learned as the guideline to teach audiences to find the positive abilities in their seemingly negative disabilities. Whether the wall in front of you is physical or emotional, this speech provides practical advice to push forward as well as motivation to challenge yourself to overcome any barrier you may face.

  • Running Towards Your Dreams

    In this speech, Blake Leeper defines what it means to set your mind to accomplishing your wildest dreams. Using sport analogies and personal stories, he inspires audiences to run towards their dreams rather than walk. His encouraging and powerful message will help others believe in themselves, remain persistent and ultimately embrace their flaws to achieve their goals.

FAQs on booking Blake Leeper

  • How to book Blake Leeper?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Blake Leeper for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Blake Leeper, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Blake Leeper or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Blake Leeper?

    Booking fees for Blake Leeper, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Blake Leeper, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Blake Leeper?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Blake Leeper for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Blake Leeper for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Blake Leeper or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Blake Leeper or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Blake Leeper is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Blake Leeper for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Blake Leeper generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Amy Purdy, Daniel Cnossen, Lex Gillette, Travis VanderZanden and Claudia Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Blake Leeper for an upcoming event.

Blake Leeper Speaker Videos

  • I'm Thankful for my Disability - Blake Leeper
    Patrick “Blake” Leeper, eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder started his medal run in 2011 at the Parapan...

Blake Leeper Speaking Topics

  • The American Bladerunner: My Personal Story

    Born without legs below his knees, Blake Leeper, known as “The American Bladerunner” has never been one for excuses. He has defied the odds and won countless titles as a Paralympic runner. Now, he shares his personal yet inspiring story with all audiences. Taking them through every twist and turn, this articulate young man will have everyone on the edge of their seat, leaving the event with a sense of confidence and the determination to never give up.

  • Finding Abilities in Your Disabilities

    Blake Leeper has faced insurmountable obstacles as a paraplegic athlete. However, he has never let his physical disabilities stop him from following his dreams. Leeper uses his life and the lessons learned as the guideline to teach audiences to find the positive abilities in their seemingly negative disabilities. Whether the wall in front of you is physical or emotional, this speech provides practical advice to push forward as well as motivation to challenge yourself to overcome any barrier you may face.

  • Running Towards Your Dreams

    In this speech, Blake Leeper defines what it means to set your mind to accomplishing your wildest dreams. Using sport analogies and personal stories, he inspires audiences to run towards their dreams rather than walk. His encouraging and powerful message will help others believe in themselves, remain persistent and ultimately embrace their flaws to achieve their goals.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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