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Christopher Biggins

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW3

Further personal information

Residence
Birmingham, AL, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing in 2014 at the National Ability Center [NAC] in Park City, UT, United States of America. "My love for skiing began as a child. My family took many trips to Vermont, a nine-hour drive from our home in Maryland. During college, I started searching for ways to compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. I went to the Hartford Ski Spectacular in 2014 and met coaches from the NAC. After that camp, I decided to seriously pursue ski racing and moved to Park City for the winter."
Why this sport?
He got into sports through his brothers' influence. "I just wanted to be like my brothers and play sports all the time. My coordination was better than most growing up, so sports, golf especially, actually came easy for me. Like most brothers do, we always tried to one up each other. I had to keep up with them so that motivated me to do my best in everything I tried. I first started ski racing by attending the Hartford Ski Spectacular event in Breckenridge in 2014. A few of the coaches suggested that if I wanted to seriously pursue ski racing that I should go to the National Ability Center [NAC] in Park City."
Name of coach
Erik Leirfallom

General interest

Nicknames
Chris (Facebook profile, 15 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Hiking, cycling. (backcountry.com, 10 Feb 2021)
Injuries
During his freshman year of high school, he underwent surgery to realign his right foot. (backcountry.com, 10 Feb 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I prepare for races just as I prepare for any normal training day. I try to train like I race and race like I train, so that it all feels comfortable. My one quirky routine is to take a warm-up run as close as I can to my start time. Most racers wait in the starting area before their turn to go, but I prefer to ski all the way up to the last minute [my coaches may get stressed sometimes that I will miss my start], so that I am warm and ready to go." (backcountry.com, 10 Feb 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The most important parts of my career have been my failures, and the next level of progression that followed. Failure hurts. Let it hurt, then let it help." (discovernac.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the North Atlantic Conference [NAC] Sportsmanship Award in the United States of America. (discovernac.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in Para golf and was a silver medallist at the 2016 World Disabled Golf Championship. (discovernac.org, 01 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the summer and winter editions of the Paralympic Games. (discovernac.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He has a form of cerebral palsy that affects his leg muscles and has caused lordosis [a spinal curve] in his lower back. "My family found out [that he had cerebral palsy] when I was one or two. My muscles are very tight because of it, so it has always been imperative that I have an athletic lifestyle to prevent my disability from having detrimental effects on my abilities. So I tried to play sports with my brothers." (europeantour.com, 15 Aug 2021; edgagolf.com, 01 Jan 2020; otmj.com, 24 Jul 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as director of player development at The Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama, United States of America, and has played professional golf on the Alabama-NW Florida Section of the PGA tour. "My job allows me to be outside. It's probably why I chose that career path. After high school, I wanted to play golf, and the college that had the best opportunities for me was called Methodist University. It was a professional golf management school, and I could play on the team there. I just got more love for golf. By going to that professional golf management school, I got a business degree and a Professional Golf Association Class A certification. So basically I went on a career path as a PGA professional." (Twitter profile, 12 Sep 2021; europeantour.com, 15 Aug 2021, 08 Aug 2021; ccbham.org, 01 Jan 2021; themighty.com, 12 Dec 2020; alnwflpga.bluegolf.com, 18 May 2020; edgagolf.com, 01 Jan 2020; discovernac.org, 01 Jan 2018)

GOLF AND PARA ALPINE SKIING
He divides his year between playing golf and Para alpine skiing. "I love training and trying to get better. Half the year alpine skiing, the other half of the year golf, and both sports kind of feed off each other. My disability affects my legs, and skiing is a leg sport, so it has helped me immensely to improve my physical condition. Because the skiing makes me a lot stronger, which feeds into the golf, and I guess overall what I really like about sport, is the harder you work, in the right ways, the better you get. Succeeding at each activity gives me a great sense of pride in what I do." (europeantour.com, 08 Aug 2021; edgagolf.com, 01 Jan 2020; otmj.com, 24 Jul 2019)