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Joy Rondeau

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW11.5

Further personal information

Residence
Granby, CO, USA
Occupation
Administrator, Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para alpine skiing at age eight with the National Sports Center for the Disabled. She also competed in wheelchair rugby before taking up Para Nordic skiing in 2014 in Winter Park, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She had previously been discouraged from participating in sport due to her high level of pain. "Mark [Birdseye, coach] encouraged me to try Nordic sit skiing and would not leave me alone until I did. Much to my surprise, once I started skiing and training, my physical pain was gone. It is really surreal for me. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I wouldn't trade it for the world."

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Finsterau, GER

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at her first World Cup event, in 2016 in Finsterau, Germany. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Mark Birdseye and Shawn Scholl. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US rower Joe Rantz. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Injuries
She underwent elbow surgery in 2018. (Facebook page, 06 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was named Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year with a Disability. (skyhinews.com, 16 Aug 2017)
Other sports
She competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Nov 2020)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. (skyhidailynews.com, 21 Jan 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6km Sitting Final 2018-03-10 14
Women's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 23
Women's 5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 19