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Brittani Coury



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Athlete, Nurse
Higher education
Nursing - Pueblo Community College: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding at age 13. She took part in her first competitive Para snowboard race in December 2016 in Breckenridge, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She grew up near the slopes of Durango, CO, United States of America, and was a regular skier and snowboarder. She was inspired to take up Para snowboard after watching the sport at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi on TV. "At that point in my life, I just wanted to be active. I had been on crutches for years. I knew if I was able to amputate my leg, there was a possibility of me being active. I was ready to get my life back, and if that meant amputating my foot, for me that was a no-brainer. I'm the type of person who always pushes the limits. I was still pushing those limits and I fell back in love with it, just being on snow. Snowboarding for me was an outlet. I was a troubled youth and I didn't feel like I belonged and I had a lot of inadequacies, but when I put a snowboard on my feet I felt like I belonged."
Club / Team
Team Utah Snowboarding: United States
Name of coach
Lane Clegg, USA
Training Regime
She trains on the snow for between six and eight hours a day.

General interest

Ritta, Ritta Las Vegas, Hurricane Ritta ["I got this nickname because sometimes the snowboard course looks like a hurricane went through after I run through. I'm all or nothing and will be on a podium or the biggest crash of the day usually. The whole snowboard community refers to me as Ritta."] (, 02 Mar 2022; Team USA YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)
Spending time with family, skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, outdoor activities. (, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the women's SB-LL2 banked slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 26 Jul 2020)
Most influential person in career
US Para snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, and her sister. (, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US Para snowboarder Brenna Huckaby. (, 02 Mar 2022)
In January 2021 she fractured her back and pelvis and also tore the labrum in her hip. She was snowboarding again a week and a half later, wearing a thoracic lumbar sacral orthosis [TLSO] brace. "It probably wasn't the smartest decision I've made, but being a winter sport [athlete] I had to utilise the time on snow." (, 02 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I say a prayer before I compete for my competitors and myself." (, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hold on. Life is a journey. There are obstacles I had to overcome to get where I am now. And those moments are not failures, and it's not the end. It's shaping you for the next chapter, or what's coming up next. Just hold tight. It's going to work out." (, 26 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named Adaptive Athlete of the Year at the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala in Vail, CO, United States of America. (, 26 Oct 2019)
She became the first athlete representing the United States of America to finish on the podium in women's LL2 banked slalom at the Paralympic Winter Games by winning silver at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. The event was being contested at the Games for the first time at Pyeongchang 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Sep 2022)
In December 2003, at age 17, she fell and broke her right ankle while snowboarding near Durango, CO, United States of America. She continued to have problems with the ankle, and in 2006 she required surgery to remove bone spurs. She underwent nine operations over the next five years until she decided to have her leg amputated below the knee in June 2011, at age 25. (, 26 Jul 2020;, 30 Nov 2017;, 01 Oct 2017)
Other information
She describes herself as being a rebel when she was younger, and quit sports such as football and softball because she did not like how organised they were. After starting to snowboard at age 13, she discovered that spending time on the slopes was an outlet for her and helped her feel free. "When I was hitting jumps, the only thing I was focusing on was snowboarding, and everything else around me and in my life was absent. Since I lost my foot from a snowboarding related accident, my family had a really hard time with my decision to amputate. They struggled with it, more so than I did. They couldn't really relate to why I would opt to lose my foot to be active. They weren't in the same mindset that I was." (, 17 Dec 2017)

Between 2018 and 2020, she studied for a bachelor's degree in nursing at Chamberlain University in the United States of America. (Facebook profile, 05 Jul 2022; LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2020)

She is a registered nurse. In March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she began working as a nurse at University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. "My World Cup season came to a premature end due to the COVID-19 crisis, so I swapped my snowboard boots for nursing scrubs to help my community out. In times like these if you have a degree, especially in health care, and you don't put it to use and you don't go out there and help, I feel like that's such a huge disservice. I don't think I could live with myself if I just stayed home." (, 22 Dec 2020; Instagram profile, 21 Nov 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2020;, 13 Apr 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 6
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 2
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 4
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 5
Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Quarterfinal 2 2022-03-06 2
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Semifinal 1 2022-03-06 3
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Small Final 2022-03-06 5
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Qualification 2022-03-07 5
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2022-03-12 9