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Beth Requist

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Winter Park, CO, USA
Higher education
Accounting - Texas State University: San Marcos, TX, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up para-Nordic skiing in 2012 at the National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD] in Winter Park, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She did snowboarding before her accident. "I was discharged from hospital in November [2011] and knew I wanted to get back on the snow as soon as possible, so I contacted the NSCD [National Sports Center for the Disabled] to find out how I could learn to alpine and Nordic ski. I was told I had to wait a year to alpine, but I could Nordic. I didn't want to sit around all winter feeling sorry for myself, so I decided to try Nordic. Much to my surprise I really enjoyed Nordic skiing. I have always been an endurance athlete, and Nordic gave me the ability to challenge my body and see how far I could push myself."
Club / Team
National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD]: Winter Park, CO, USA

General interest

Other sports
She has competed in para-cross-country skiing and para-biathlon at international level. (Facebook page, 03 Jul 2015)
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 25 Feb 2016)
In August 2011 she was river rafting on the Colorado River in United States of America and jumped from a 40-foot high rock into the river. She broke her back and was paralysed from the waist down. "When I hit the water, I just hit it wrong. I didn't hit the bottom or anything. It was just a freak accident." (Facebook page, 03 Jul 2015;, 2015;, 05 Jan 2013)
Other information
Every year she goes skydiving on the anniversary of her accident. (Facebook page, 03 Jul 2015)

She previously worked as a flight attendant for US airline Southwest Airlines. (, 05 Jan 2013)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 12 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 16
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 19
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 19