19269-Jacob Adicoff photo

Jacob Adicoff

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Sam Wood

Further personal information

Sun Valley, ID, USA
Information Technology
Higher education
Computer Science, Mathematics - Bowdoin College: Brunswick, ME, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to skiing in 2002 in Sun Valley, ID, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to skiing through the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation [SVSEF] junior Nordic development team. "I just really took to it. It's cross-country skiing, so it isn't as fast as downhill skiing. You're going up and down hills - it's a total endurance sport. It's a little bit more naturally easy for me, with my vision."
Club / Team
Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation: United States
Name of coach
Chris Mallory [club]

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

The Jaker (, 01 Jun 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 10km classic style at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Rick Kapala, head coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug, US cross-country skier Jessie Diggins. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2011 he received the Dave Quinn Award from the US Ski and Snowboard Association [USSA] Cross-country Sport Committee. It is given to the junior skier who demonstrates contributions that exemplify the ideals of cross-country skiing, including love of the sport, leadership, overcoming hardship, and a strong work ethic. (, 01 Jun 2011)
Other sports
He competed in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
To win medals at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 07 Sep 2021)
He was born with low vision because his mother Sue contracted chicken pox during pregnancy. His right eye stopped developing and has no vision. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018;, 01 Jun 2011)
Other information
He stepped away from the sport in 2018 and decided to focus on his software engineering career, but returned to training during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. "I left Pyeongchang [the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games] thinking I'd just skied my last really competitive ski race. I thought I was done. [In 2020] I was back in a place where I could ski every day in the early mornings before work and I was having so much fun. I started training casually with a few friends on the professional team here [the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation], and then I came to the realisation that I wasn't done yet and I wanted a lot more from the sport." (, 07 Mar 2022, 29 Oct 2021, 20 Oct 2021;, 20 Nov 2021;, 07 Sep 2021)

In April 2020 he began working as a frontend engineer [a website development position] for Uber in San Francisco, CA, United States of America. He proposed a plan to his manager for how he could fulfil his work obligations while dedicating the necessary hours to training for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. "I didn't want to go to Beijing [the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games] for the ride. I've done the experience before, and it was phenomenal and very fun. I'm coming into this with very clear performance goals that are very, very lofty. When I go into a workout there's always a goal, and now similarly working at Uber I am also thinking about goals every day - what can I break down and finish by the end of the day, what is one thing I can improve on today, or what can I learn today that will help me in the future? My managers were very supportive even though they had never encountered a situation like this before." (, 29 Oct 2021;, 07 Sep 2021)

Pottery is one of his hobbies, and he has worked at a studio teaching classes to children. (, 03 Jul 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 14
Men's 20 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-10 6
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired Semifinal 2014-03-12 8
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 6
Men's 10 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 7
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20km Free Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-12 5
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-14 4
Men's 10km Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-17 2
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 7