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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

John Whitney

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency

Further personal information

Higher education
Physiotherapy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began to learn to ski at age five, and was competing by age 13.
Why this sport?
His parents are recreational skiers, and he found that he immediately loved the sport.

General interest

Hobbies
Outdoor activities, sailing. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Injuries
In August 2007, he tore 60 per cent of the cartilage in his shoulder when he suffered a fall while skiing. (theithacan.org, 01 Feb 2007)
Awards and honours
He was once captain of Ithaca College’s ski club. (theithacan.org, 01 Feb 2007)
Impairment
He underwent an amputation of his foot when he was seven months old, after being born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency. (biddingforgood.com, 21 Mar 2010))
Other information
PARALYMPIC DEBUT DELAYED
He had the opportunity to represent the US at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin but decided to focus on his studies. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 23
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 28
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 28