Noah Malone

TEAM USA

Noah Malone

TEAM USA

The Book

Losing Vision, Not Dreams: Reflections on My Teenage Years

People have asked about my journey on many different occasions. After several months of writing down my thoughts, stories, and experiences, I’m happy to finally share that my first book is now available for pre-order.

When I was 13, I was diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a rare genetic disease that leads to central vision loss. My vision quickly deteriorated from 20/20 to 20/600 and 20/400 in my left and right eyes, respectively. I was a rising track and field star, and suddenly, I was legally blind.

Special thanks to Bosma Enterprises for their generous support in publishing this book.

LHON is caused by a genetic mutation I inherited from my mom. Her vision is fine, but she carries the gene and passed it on to me. There is no known cure for LHON.

My uncle, my mom’s older brother, also has LHON. But for 20 years, starting when he was 12 years old, he was misdiagnosed. One of his misdiagnoses was “mental blindness.” He was finally diagnosed with LHON when he was 30 years old, one year before I was born. 

I wrote this book because there was nothing like it for me to read when I was diagnosed with LHON. I wrote this book for young athletes with LHON or other disabilities who have goals they want to achieve, but who also have embarrassing moments. I want them to know that I used to count the rare days when I wasn’t bullied at school. I want them to be motivated by my story of overcoming these challenges to join the U.S. Paralympic team, set records, compete globally, and become one of the only legally blind Division I track athletes in the nation at Indiana State University. I lost my vision, but not my dreams.

I wrote this book for anyone who has ever felt that their disability overshadowed their athletic abilities and achievements.

I wrote this book so that people won’t count disabled athletes out, seeing us instead as serious competitors in our chosen sports.

Finally, I wrote this book for anyone facing obstacles along their life’s path. With focus, hard work, and a positive mindset, you too can stay the course and finish strong. 

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“Losing Vision, Not Dreams”
Pre-order available now

Pre-order extended to Sep 15, 2021

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“I wrote my book so that people won’t count disabled athletes out, seeing us instead as serious competitors in our chosen sports.”

About

Noah Malone is a sprinter for Team USA Paralympic National Team and is a student at Indiana State University.  He has competed overseas in Switzerland, Peru, and Dubai, U.A.E. Noah specializes in the 100m and 200m dashes in addition to the 4x100m relay. At the age of 13, Noah developed Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), a rare, incurable genetic disease that leads to central vision loss.  Noah’s eye condition has left him with 20/400 vision in his left eye and 20/600 in his right eye. He is one of the only legally blind Division I track athletes in the nation.

In 2019, Noah became the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 200m state champion, and he became a member of the 2019 Paralympics World Champion relay team for Team USA. That same year, he also was part of the Junior Paralympics World Championship team and the Paralympics Pan-Am team and medaled at both events. In his high school career, Noah was a 7X IHSSA state medalist (2017-2019). In 2015, Noah became a Junior Olympics All-American in the 13-14 age group 100m dash, and placed 6th at the USATF Junior Olympics. He repeated this accomplishment in 2018 in the 4×1, placing 4th in the 17-18 age group at the AAU Junior Olympics.

Off the track, Noah has been a keynote speaker at TEDx Indianapolis, and he has spoken at his local and county council meetings. At Hamilton Southeastern High School, he is the record holder for the 4×1 relay, 100m, and 200m events.

You can keep up with his journey here.

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Events

WATCH NOAH RUN AT THE TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES!

MEN’S 100M RESULTS

MEN’S 100M – T12 FINALS

SILVER | 10.66

View results | Sun, Aug 29:
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@indsttrackfield
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Qualifier: MEN’S 100M T12
10.55 | AR | Q
View results | Thu, Aug 26
Watch the replay @mfullhart | @indsttrackfield



MEN’S 400M RESULTS

MEN’S 400M – T12 FINALS

SILVER | 47.93

View results | Tue, Aug 31:
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nbcolympics.com | @indsttrackfield
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Qualifier: MEN’S 400M T12
48.50 | PR | Q
View results | Tue, Aug 31
Watch the replay @indsttrackfield

4×100 RELAY RESULTS

UNIVERSAL 4×100 RELAY

GOLD | 45.52 | WR

View results | Fri, Sep 3:
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Qualifier: 4×100 UNIVERSAL RELAY
46.55 | AR | Q
View results | Thu, Sep 2
Watch the replay @indsttrackfield

“It definitely means a lot to me to show that someone who’s visually impaired can compete at the Division I level.”

Follow

Thanks, @NoahMalone13, for your kindness with me and (2 of) my teammates at a photo shoot. Noah lost all but some peripheral vision at age 12 because of a rare disease, won 1 gold and 2 silver medals at Tokyo Paralympics. He's 19. ISU is beyond proud of this inspiring man.

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@NoahMalone13 Thank you for letting me hold your #TokyoParalympics gold medal. 😀It was lovely to meet you during the STATE Magazine photo shoot. You have made your country and your Sycamore family very proud. 👏🏼#MarchOn

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Thanks, @NoahMalone13, for your kindness with me and (2 of) my teammates at a photo shoot. Noah lost all but some peripheral vision at age 12 because of a rare disease, won 1 gold and 2 silver medals at Tokyo Paralympics. He's 19. ISU is beyond proud of this inspiring man.

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@NoahMalone13 Thank you for letting me hold your #TokyoParalympics gold medal. 😀It was lovely to meet you during the STATE Magazine photo shoot. You have made your country and your Sycamore family very proud. 👏🏼#MarchOn

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Thanks, @NoahMalone13, for your kindness with me and (2 of) my teammates at a photo shoot. Noah lost all but some peripheral vision at age 12 because of a rare disease, won 1 gold and 2 silver medals at Tokyo Paralympics. He's 19. ISU is beyond proud of this inspiring man.

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@NoahMalone13 Thank you for letting me hold your #TokyoParalympics gold medal. 😀It was lovely to meet you during the STATE Magazine photo shoot. You have made your country and your Sycamore family very proud. 👏🏼#MarchOn

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Videos

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Noah Malone Qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

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The Amazing Noah Malone

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20 Over

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2019 HCC Conference 100m
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How a legally blind runner became a Paralympic World Champion | Noah Malone | TEDxIndianapolis

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Lafayette Jeff regional 200m final
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PART 1: HSE Track & Field Legally Blind Runner Noah Malone
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PART 2: HSE Track & Field Legally Blind Runner Noah Malone
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Noah Malone 100m HSE Vs. Fishers
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Noah Malone 200m HSE Vs. Fishers
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Snapshot of Success: Noah Malone – February 13, 2019
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100m Dash Prelim – 116th Annual IHSAA Boys Track & Field State Finals – 2019 

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4 x 100m Relay – 116th Annual IHSAA Boys Track & Field State Finals – 2019 

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200m Dash Final – 116th Annual IHSAA Track & Field State Finals – 2019

100m Dash at Parapan American Games – 2019
https://youtu.be/GOCC6vYqODc

4x100m relay – Indiana State University – Noah is last leg/anchor – Set new school record May 2021
https://twitter.com/JaVaughnMoore_/status/1390832329107587077?s=20

TODAY Show – Paralympic Countdown – February 24
https://twitter.com/NoahMalone13/status/1364578644933419013?s=20

2019 200m Dash Finals – State Champion
https://twitter.com/NoahMalone13/status/1246578319040090112?s=20

100m Paralympic Trial Race – June 2021 (video)
https://twitter.com/TeamUSA/status/1406049202375839746?s=20

Live interview after 100m race at Paralympic Trial – June 2021https://twitter.com/TeamUSA/status/1406053784959164420?s=20

Contact

Inquiries for speaking engagements, sponsorships, or anything else for Noah Malone are received via email.