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Ethan Hess

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Pemberton, BC, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para Nordic skiing in 2012 at a training camp at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia, Canada. "In grade eight I realised that if I was going to compete in sports at a high level, which I realised pretty early in my teens that was what I wanted to do, I was going to have to go to Para sports."
Why this sport?
"[I am a] lifelong skier who wanted to try other types of skiing and get fit for paddling season."
Club / Team
Nordic Racers: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Name of coach
Jessica Heyes [club]; Graham Nishikawa

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Eman [his mother and his friends have always called him this]. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Paddling, reading, yoga, camping. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
After the 2018/19 season he took time away from the sport as a result of stomach issues. The problem was related to antibiotics he had taken after surgery. (, 17 Feb 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He does breath work before he competes. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Put in the work. Stay in the moment. Believe." (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He competed for Canadian dragon boating club the Laoyam Eagles at the 2017 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Festival. He has also completed the 'Yukon River Quest', a 715-kilometre canoe race. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022;, 12 Jun 2017)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 17 Feb 2022)
He was born with spina bifida. (, 31 Dec 2014)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 24
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 27
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 28
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-17 15
Men's Sprint - Free Style Sitting Final 2019-02-18 18
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 8
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2019-02-24 15