Ivonne, a native of Columbia, was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (retinal cancer) at the age of 1. To keep the cancer from spreading to her brain, both eyes had to be removed - since then, Ivonne has prosthetic eyes. But that didn't stop her. She went on to be mainstreamed at P.S. #6 from Kindergarten through 6th grade, at the New York City Lab School for 7th through 8th grades, and the Trinity School for grades 9-12.
In 1999, Mosquera-Schmidt went on to graduate from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics, and in 2008 obtained her MBA in Finance from the Zicklin School Of Business at Baruch College in New York City. Ivonne has worked in the nonprofit sector and in the corporate world in Fundraising, Finance, Project Management and Human Resources. Today, she is a professional athlete pursuing her Paralympic dreams.
Ivonne grew up in New York City's Washington Heights with her parents, Consuelo and Cristobal, and two older sisters, Sandra and Liliana. She learned to dance Ballet, tap, and Jazz with the National Dance Institute, and performed at places including Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the JFK Center in Washington D.C. Looking for a way to be outdoors, she tried (and grew to enjoy) downhill skiing, cycling, and hiking.
Ivonne started running in 2001. With the support of over 150+guides and volunteers, she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, completed Fourteen Marathons (running her personal best of 3:22 in the 2008 Boston Marathon), and competes in Triathlons, Track and Field, and ultra marathons.
Ivonne is a member of the USA Paralympics Track and Field team. She was the visually impaired women's 5K champion in 2009, and was the US National Visually Impaired Female Triathlon Champion in the Olympic Distance triathlon from 2007-2010. Ivonne also holds Paratriathlon World Champion Gold Medals in both the Sprint and Olympic distances of triathlon. On the Track and Field front, she currently holds the American Record in the 1500, 3,000, and 5,000 Meters, for Totally Blind Women, and recently became a 2016 Paralympian after finishing 6th at the Paralympic Games in Rio in the 1500m. Her hobbies also include yoga, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and singing. She is also a chocoholic!
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