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Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
Place of BirthSan Francisco, CA, USA
Height1.78 m
Weight 79 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Mariah, daughter Indie [2015]
Haiku, HI, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up snowboarding after his accident.
Why this sport?
He had ambitions to be a professional skateboarder before his accident. He was introduced to Para sport by the Challenged Athletes Foundation [CAF] and became interested in snowboarding. He moved from Maui, HI, United States of America, to Lake Tahoe in California so he could work at Northstar Resort and pursue the sport.
Training Regime
"I train throughout the entire day. I start with yoga, then weightlifting, then in the afternoon I do a sport or outdoor activity [skateboarding, surfing or snowboarding]."
General Interest
Skateboarding, surfing, cycling, downhill mountain bike racing. (Facebook page, 08 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family, and Adaptive Action Sports founders Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale. (, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para skateboarder Jon Comer. (, 07 Mar 2018)
In 2010 he broke five ribs, had a stage three ruptured spleen, and suffered numerous abrasions while downhill mountain biking at the Northstar Resort, CA, United States of America. (, 17 May 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
His mother reads him his astrology stars before a race. (, 26 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Mind over matter, but soul over all." (Facebook profile, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Athlete of the Month for March 2014 by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (, 04 Apr 2014)
To win two gold medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 26 Dec 2017)
At age 17 he borrowed his older sister Stephanie's motorcycle after he missed his lift to work. A mile from his home, a drunk driver travelling at 65mph crossed over into oncoming traffic, striking the car in front and then hitting him head-on at full speed. His left leg was amputated three days after the accident. (, Mar 2014;, 2014)
Other information
In 2014 he became the first male to win a gold medal in snowboard at the Paralympic Winter Games when the sport made its debut at the Games in Sochi. (, 14 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:24.06
2 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:08.99
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:43.61
4 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 49.20
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 54.58
6 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:05.19
7 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:17.46
WSF World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing