In the weeks ahead of the July 13 ESPY Awards, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the athletes up for “Best Male Athlete with a Disability” and “Best Female Athlete with a Disability.”

Today, let’s zero in on Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Brad Snyder, who lost his vision to an IED blast in Afghanistan.

The 32-year-old from Reno, Nevada was a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer when he lost his sight in 2011. Exactly one year after going blind, he won two gold medals and one silver medal in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

He is the current world record holder for the 100-meter freestyle among fully blind swimmers.