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Alana Ramsay

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-2

Further personal information

Residence
Calgary, AB, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age six.
Why this sport?
She took up skiing after attending an event for teenagers with an impairment, where a ski coach suggested she try the sport. "It's just so much fun. It's about being outdoors and the freedom to go fast."
Club / Team
CADS Alberta: Canada
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN
Training Regime
She trains with the national team at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific campus in Whistler, BC, Canada.

General interest

Hero / Idol
Canadian Para alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard for what you want and watch the magic happen." (CBC Sports Twitter profile, 14 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named Canadian Ski Racing Female Para Alpine Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017. (paralympic.ca, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2016)

She received the Danny Letain Award from the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing [CADS] Alberta in 2010 and 2012. (cadsalberta.ca, Mar 2012; cadsalberta.ca, Nov 2010)
Impairment
A stroke at birth resulted in cerebral palsy, which affects the right side of her body. (activeforlife.com, 12 Mar 2014; stroke.org, 14 Sep 2010)
Other information
COMPETITIVE BREAK
After crashing at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] and did not compete during the 2019/20 or 2020/21 seasons. She focused on her mental health during the break from competition, and in early 2022 she said she felt "joy and happiness" in racing again. "It has been almost three years since I had felt joy and happiness in a start gate, I have worked really hard to fight to pick up pieces of my life that at one point I was ready to walk away from. With everything that I've been through with mental health struggles through the ups and the many downs I have started to rebuild my life with skiing." (OIS, 06 Mar 2022; Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team Facebook page, 23 Dec 2021; alpinecanada.org, 06 Dec 2021; Instagram profile, 26 Jan 2022, 16 Jan 2022; db.ipc-services.org, 22 Jan 2022)

OVERCOMING EPILEPSY
At age 12 she was advised not to take part in competitive sports after being diagnosed with epilepsy, but with her parents' support, she decided to continue skiing. "When you tell a 12-year-old kid they're not allowed to do something, it devastated me. I definitely had to fight for what I wanted after I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I'm glad I fought for what I wanted. I'm glad I fought for what I needed." (Instagram profile, 27 Mar 2021; calgarysun.com, 07 Mar 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 10
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 9
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 7
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 9
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 8
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 7
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 3
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 2
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 3
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 3
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 4
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 3
Women's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 3
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 4
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-18 6
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-22 2
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-24 4
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 9999