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Brynn Duncan

Alpine Skiing | Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Moorhead, MN, USA
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She discovered Para skiing at about age eight.
Why this sport?
"I found it on the internet. I love skiing. I just love being on the slopes, being free."
Training Regime
"Strength and conditioning core work out twice a week. Sport activities on the weekends."

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Being chosen for the US Para ice hockey team and the US Para ski team. (disabledsportsusa.org, 11 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US para alpine skier Chris Devlin Young. (disabledsportsusa.org, 11 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Before I ski I close my eyes and visualise the course." (disabledsportsusa.org, 11 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." [Muhammad Ali] (disabledsportsusa.org, 11 Mar 2018)
Other sports
She was named in the US Para ice hockey squad for the 2016/17 season. (usahockey.com, 02 Sep 2016; disabledsportsusa.org, 11 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (valleynewslive.com, 22 Feb 2018)
Impairment
At age seven she was involved in a car accident. Her grandmother was driving but lost consciousness and hit a tree. She suffered multiple broken bones, including her back, and internal injuries. She spent 30 days in the intensive care unit of hospital. (wday.com, 07 Sep 2015)
Other information
PYEONGCHANG EXPERIENCE
She travelled to Republic of Korea during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, but was not an athlete competing at the Games. She was part of a programme to teach children with similar impairments about Para skiing, and was able to attend the opening ceremony of the Games. "We do the same races as regular Olympians would do, so we do slalom, GS, super G and downhill. We are skiing with Korean kids, to show them that you [can] have a life even though you are disabled." (valleynewslive.com, 22 Feb 2018)