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Julius Schram

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Athlete, Veteran
Afrikaans, Dutch, English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para cross-country skiing in late 2015 at a Wounded Warriors programme in Mammoth Mountain, CA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He took up handcycling as a hobby following his amputation. While at a handcycling event, someone recommended that he try Para cross-country skiing. "I used to go all the time for alpine skiing. But I'd never been cross-country skiing."

General interest

He suffered numerous injuries to his right knee, including breakages and infections, throughout his various jobs in the army, law enforcement and security services. After dozens of surgeries over more than a decade, he eventually developed sepsis in 2015, meaning his right leg had to be amputated above the knee. (, 30 Mar 2019)
Other information
He served five years of active duty in the United States Armed Forces and 19 years in the United States Army Reserve. He has also worked for the County Sheriff's Department in Los Angeles, CA, before being assigned to its FBI Task Force. He also spent time as the personal bodyguard of US actor Will Smith. (, 30 Mar 2019)(, 19 Jan 2018)