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John Leslie

Alpine Skiing | Snowboard


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Arnprior, ON, CAN
Higher education
Management - Algonquin College: Ottawa, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up snowboarding in 2005.
Why this sport?
"I did [ice hockey] a little bit, for a couple more years. After a while, though, I had normal teenager stuff getting in the way of it, a job and social stuff. The reality was that I wasn't going to make the NHL, and I started to transition away from it. That's when I got really into snowboarding. It was something I could do on my own terms, and it brought me a lot of freedom in my teenage years. I was able to keep my competitive side healthy by racing; I did pretty well with some wins around Ontario. It became my passion really quickly."

International debut

Competing for
World Cup
Lake Louise, AB, CAN

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family. (, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian snowboarder Sebastien Toutant. (, 28 Dec 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a long time making it." (, 15 Mar 2020)
Other sports
He played ice hockey at junior level for the Arnprior Packers in Ontario, Canada. (, 26 Nov 2012)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Twitter profile, 01 Feb 2019)
While training for his junior ice hockey team at age 10, he discovered a bump on his left leg. An x-ray revealed that he had a cancerous tumour. Three months of chemotherapy followed before he underwent a below-knee amputation and a Van Ness rotation. This procedure involves turning the ankle joint 180 degrees so it can be used to replace the knee. He was walking with a prosthesis by April 2004. (, 25 Oct 2012)
Other information
He has served as a director of the non-profit organisation Loving Winter, which is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The organisation does work in schools to educate students and teachers on equipment and correct practice for outdoor winter activities. (, 01 Jan 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Para Snowboard Cross Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 7
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-24 6
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-28 7
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 11
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 7
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 8