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Evan Lalanne

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Higher education
Manufacturing Engineering - California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He tried a variety of sports following his accident before taking up skiing. "I thought that sports was really where I was going to find my niche. I was a volleyball player before so I figured I'd be able to carry that over to something new, so I started looking around for things to try. I tried tennis, swimming, basketball, all things that I wasn't particularly good at before and, well, the wheelchair hadn't helped. But eventually I found mono skiing."
Why this sport?
"I'd seen videos of these guys flying down the mountain on a single ski and just laying these things over, and right away I knew this is for me, this is really where I'm going to find my niche."

General interest

Skateboarding. (Instagram profile, 22 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I started seeing my injury as less of a burden and instead an opportunity. This realisation sparked some excitement and a new mantra was born. If I'm going to be paralysed, well then I might as well be really good at it. I might as well be the best paraplegic that I can be." (, 10 Aug 2020)
In 2016 he fell 30 feet after jumping over a rockface while hiking on Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo, CA, United States of America. He broke his neck, his back, a number of ribs and split his sternum, resulting in paralysis from the waist down. "I was pretty positive throughout the whole experience. It was a big deal at the beginning, what it meant to be in a wheelchair was everything that I wasn't. As I stayed positive and started to push through challenges in rehab, I started finding joy almost in mundane tasks, and the progression was rewarding for me. I told myself, 'Why can't I parlay that same energy into my real life later'." (Ellen DeGeneres Facebook page, 24 Nov 2020)
Other information
In late 2020 videos of him balancing his wheelchair on top of a skateboard while going down steep hills at high speed in California, United States of America, gained more than 100,000 views and were shared by US skateboarder Tony Hawk. He was subsequently invited onto 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' in November 2020 and where he took part in a skateboarding session with Hawk. (Ellen DeGeneres Facebook page, 24 Nov 2020;, 10 Aug 2020)