PROVO Award-winning singer, physician and paralympian Ronan Tynan will speak at Brigham Young University in the Marriott Center today at 11:05 a.m.
Born with a lower-limb disability, Tynan's legs were amputated when he was 20 after complications following a car accident. One year later, Tynan competed at the Paralympic Games. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan took home 18 gold medals and set 14 world records, nine of which still stand.
Tynan was the first amputee admitted to the National College of Physical Education in Limerick, Ireland. After working a few years in the prosthetics industry, Tynan earned his medical degree at Trinity College Dublin in 1993, becoming an orthopedic physician specializing in sports injuries.
Following his career as a physician, Tynan began vocal training. Within two years, he won three international vocal competitions. In 2005, Tynan performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and his first solo album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Magazine's Classical Crossover Chart.
Tynan has also performed at Madison Square Garden and the funeral of Ronald Reagan, and following Sept. 11, 2001, Tynan sang "God Bless America" at Yankee Stadium.
The forum will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels. For rebroadcast information, visit byubroadcasting.org.