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Aaron Pike

Athletics | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Partner Oksana Masters
Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sociology - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para Nordic skiing in 2012 in Bozeman, MT, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I tried it [Para Nordic skiing] for the first time shortly after the 2012 [Olympic] Summer Games as a way to kind of take a break from wheelchair racing but stay fit at the same time, and just try something new. I didn't think it would lead to me loving the sport."
Club / Team
Central Cross-Country Ski Team [CXC Skiing]: United States

International debut

Year
2012 [Para Nordic skiing]
Competing for
United States

General interest

Nicknames
Pikester (Twitter profile, 08 Dec 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Shooting 20 for 20 in the 15km individual biathlon at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (teamusa.org, 19 Feb 2017)
Hero / Idol
US long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There's nothing else I want to do. I haven't lost the energy for it. I still look forward to practice every morning. On Sundays, I don't know what to do with myself." (startribune.com, 19 Jun 2021)
Other sports
He has represented the United States of America in Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing, and competed in both sports at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He has also competed in Para athletics at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Paralympic Games. He played wheelchair basketball at collegiate level in the United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2021; fasterskier.com, 23 Nov 2021; startribune.com, 24 Jan 2015)
Famous relatives
His partner Oksana Masters has represented the United States of America in Para cycling, Para rowing, Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. She won bronze in the trunk and arms double sculls rowing event at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She later competed in cycling at the 2016 and 2020 Paralympic Games, winning two gold medals at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. She also competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, winning seven medals across both sports. (people.com, 26 Aug 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2021; usatoday.com, 22 Jan 2018; nbcolympics.com, 28 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To win a Paralympic medal. (bbc.co.uk, 01 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He sustained a spinal cord injury in a hunting accident at age 13. A member of another hunting party fired his shotgun in the direction of a noise he heard, and one of the pellets struck Pike in the back. (startribune.com, 24 Jan 2015)
Other information
MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE
He has represented the United States of America in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon, for which he is classified as an LW11.5 skier, and in Para athletics in T54 events. He enjoys competing in both summer and winter sports, and believes that his experience in wheelchair racing allows him to transition fairly easily from winter sports to Para athletics. "After my first time trying Nordic skiing I knew that it wasn't going to be my last time. I liked the sport immediately and knew that I wouldn't be able to give it up. So then I decided that I was going to try to balance the two sports. I have been able to come off of the winter season and get into the racing chair and feel strong within four weeks. I would attribute that to the fact that I have been doing wheelchair racing for about 12 years [speaking in 2018]. Without that long history in the racing chair it would not be possible. It takes a long time to learn the stroke for wheelchair racing and become efficient. I would say that if I started both sports around the same time, then it would not have been possible. With this constant flow I enjoy one [sport] and then start missing the other after I've been on the one for a while. I like the back and forth. And they are very compatible, luckily." (IPC, 18 Dec 2021; teamusa.org, 18 Mar 2020; paralympic.org, 11 May 2018)

ATHLETE COUPLE
He is in a relationship with US Para athlete Oksana Masters, who has represented the United States of America in Para Nordic skiing, Para cycling, and Para rowing. "Oksana is incredible. We push each other, she is a force. Just waking up and having that person who is working towards the same goals and understand when you have a bad race, what that really means." (bbc.co.uk, 01 Mar 2022)

OVERSEAS EDUCATION
He attended Ramstein American High School in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. (teamusa.org, 01 Jun 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T54 Heat 3 2011-01-22 6
Men's 4x400 m T54 Heat 1 2011-01-24 2
Men's 1500 m T53/54 Heat 2 2011-01-25 8
Men's 4x400 m T54 Final 2011-01-29 4
Men's Marathon T53/54 Final 2011-01-30 19
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2012-08-31 7
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-03 7
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 2 2012-09-08 3
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2012-09-09 16
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 19
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 12
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 14
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 19
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 14
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-24 12
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting Race 1 2015-01-25 5
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-28 6
Men's Long Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-30 9999
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-31 9
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 17
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-25 17
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-12 6
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 10
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-12 9
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2017-02-14 4
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2017-02-18 5
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2017-02-19 8
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 12
Men's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 7
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 7
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-16 6
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-16 5
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 9999
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 4
Men's Sprint Sitting Final 2019-02-20 3
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2019-02-21 9