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Bryan Price

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11.5

Further personal information

Family
Wife Siqi, daughter Ashlynn, son Karsten [2019]
Residence
Belton, MO, USA
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para Nordic skiing at age 32 in Casper, WY, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was recruited to biathlon by coach Rob Rosser while attending a wheelchair sports event in Florida, United States of America. He was also attracted by the difficulty of the sport. "I was at a veterans' wheelchair sporting event in Tampa Bay, Florida, where I was asked to come and try biathlon by Rob Rosser. I knew very little about biathlon at that time. I had only seen it once on TV as a kid. Come to find out, the biathlon race on TV was that of Rob Rosser, racing at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. My first question to Rob was, 'Is it hard?' He said it's the hardest sport of all! I signed up for a biathlon dry-land camp in summer of 2013. After that camp, I was sold."
Club / Team
Casper Mountain Biathlon Club: United States

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Basketball, softball, hunting, scuba diving, woodworking. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018; Athlete, 15 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
His wife Siqi. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US distance runner Steve Prefontaine. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He was troubled by a back injury for three months in 2015. (Athlete, 15 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Love the pain and go deep." (Athlete, 15 Jun 2016)
Other sports
He competed in cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Dec 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Midwest Adaptive Sports YouTube channel, 09 Feb 2021)
Impairment
While serving with the US Army in Iraq in 2006 he was involved in a roadside bomb attack while on a routine patrol, resulting in a broken back. "I was injured in June 2006 where a roadside bomb left me paralysed [from the waist down]. I was very lucky to have survived. If my injuries would have happened 10 years earlier, I don't believe I would have survived. Combat medicine has come a long way in a short time." (Midwest Adaptive Sports YouTube channel, 09 Feb 2021; Casper Mountain Biathlon Club Facebook page, 19 Jan 2019; Athlete, 15 Jun 2016; nationalguard.mil, 15 Jan 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a board member for the Casper Mountain Biathlon Club in Wyoming, United States of America. (Casper Mountain Biathlon Club Facebook page, 18 Jul 2019; caspermountainbiathlonclub.org, 2018)

ARMY CAREER
He is a retired staff sergeant, having served in the US Army from 2000 to 2007. "I deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003 and 2006. I medically retired from the army in 2007, leaving me at a huge loss. I lost two important things to me very quickly. But I did physical therapy for three years. And then started playing sports again. I used to have combat nightmares. When I started playing sports and being more active, my mental health got significantly better." (Midwest Adaptive Sports YouTube channel, 09 Feb 2021; Casper Mountain Biathlon Club Facebook page, 19 Jan 2019; wyomilitary.wyo.gov, 05 Oct 2017; teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 19
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 9
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-24 16
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting Race 1 2015-01-25 11
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-27 16
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-28 17
Men's Long Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-30 12
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-31 15
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 20
Men's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 16
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 26