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Jesse Keefe

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

United States
Athlete, Student
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age two. He started racing at age six.
Why this sport?
His mother wanted him to learn how to ski as soon as he could walk. "Since I grew up in a ski town with a large skiing community. It was something I loved my whole life."
Club / Team
Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation: United States
Name of coach
Brennan Rubie [national]; Tony McAllister [national]
Training Regime
He trains between up to 18 hours a week.

General interest

Camping, hiking, mountain biking, outdoor activities. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Making the national team and qualifying for the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US skier Bode Miller. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Listening to music before competitions. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
To compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Higher Ground YouTube channel, 05 Apr 2021)
He was born without an ankle bone in his right leg. The limb was amputated below the knee when he was age 11 months. (, 16 Nov 2021;, 22 May 2019)
Other information
He has trained with both the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and the National Ability Center in the United States of America. He says he has been particularly challenged by his training regime at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. "I started doing a couple of races through [the National Ability Center] and it just felt like I belonged there. They were a super nice group of people, they were all friendly, and the races were awesome. Their [the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation] training was a lot more strict, more difficult. The course sets are more aggressive than when I trained with the NAC. It's a whole other level of pushing yourself." (, 16 Nov 2021;, 30 Apr 2021;, 01 Jan 2021)