Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Management - Westwood College: Denver, CO, USA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Before his injuries he had completed the Professional Ski Instructors of America [PSIA] training and became a professional snowboarding instructor. He returned to the sport immediately after recovering in 2003. However, he gave up racing after the birth of his daughter, until she was age six and encouraged him to take it up again.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by his daughter. "When she was born I made the decision that it was time to put down childish things in order to do something greater. It was time for the next adventure in my life - time to raise a child. When she told me that she wanted to start a winners club for her friends who were good at stuff and had medals, I was so proud of her. She also told me that if I wanted to be in her club that I would have to go and win more medals. So I made a phone call. Within a few weeks I was on my way to my first race at Treble Cone Mountain in New Zealand, voted the best view in the world from a ski run."
He was serving with the US Army in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 when his convoy came under attack. The explosion of a rocket-propelled grenade left his right leg completely destroyed, leading to its amputation. (challengedathletes.org, 2017)