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Alex Slegg

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Residence
Salisbury, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began learning to ski race in 2017 in Germany. He learned to ski through Great Britain's Battle Back programme for armed forces veterans.
Why this sport?
"I enjoyed the freedom skiing gave me after my injury and wanted the challenge of aiming for the Paralympic Games."
Club / Team
Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team [AFPST]: Great Britain
Name of coach
Nikki Jordan [personal]; Jo Ryding [national]

General interest

Hobbies
Skydiving, wind tunnel flying. (Twitter profile, 29 Jan 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nikki Jordan. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US ultra runner David Goggins, US veteran and writer Jocko Willink, US basketballer Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He sustained an acromioclavicular [AC] joint separation in his left shoulder while warming up at the 2021 US National Championships in Winter Park, CO, United States of America. He was still able to compete at the event. (Facebook page, 11 Apr 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bournemouthecho.co.uk, 12 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back in 2013, as a result of injuries sustained while serving in the armed forces. The injury led to cauda equina syndrome, a condition where the patient's spinal nerve roots are compressed, resulting in paralysis from the chest down. (helpforheroes.org.uk, 01 Mar 2018; blesma.org, 16 Aug 2016)