Ottobock ambassador

Desirée Vila Bargiela

As a former acrobatic gymnast, Desirée loves sport and it was no question for her to return after her amputation. Her positive and happy charisma inspires people around the world.

From acrobatic gymnastics to para athletics

Desirée was an acrobatic gymnast competing on world level when in February 2015 she broke her tibia and fibula during a practice jump. Due to an obstructed artery resulting in insufficient blood flow and an inadequate treatment, her right leg had to be amputated. After her recovery, she started with athletics at the age of 19 and is now one of the best para athletes in the world.

"Sport has given me the opportunity to accept my disability, meet other people with the same situation and to not stop setting goals."

Desirée Vila Bargiela, Para athlete and Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock ambassador Desirée Vila Bargiela

Besides sport, she studies International Relations in Madrid and is a motivational speaker spreading her positive attitude.

Key facts

  • Nation: Spain
  • Year of birth: 1998
  • Sport: Para Athletics – 100 m, Long Jump
  • Classification: T63
  • Coach: Miguel González
  • Club: Club Ampulimpicos 1

Victories and achievements

  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020:
    • 6th place in long jump
  • World Para Athletics Championship Dubai 2019:
    • 8th place in long jump
  • European Para Athletics Championship Bydgoszcz 2021:
    • Bronze medal in long jump
    • 4th on 100 m

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