Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Questa, NM, USA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing while recovering from his accident, and took up Para alpine skiing competitively in 1986. He began Para Nordic skiing after competing in alpine skiing at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. "I figured it is never too late to check out Nordic skiing and, five years after that, I decided to see what cross-country skiing was all about."
Why this sport?
"When I was in rehab, they started telling me about the things I could still do after I ended up in the chair. They sent a guy over to the rehab centre to visit me. He was a sit-skier and he started telling me about it. The world's largest adaptive ski programme is in Winter Park, Colorado [United States of America]. I got my first lesson how to sit-ski [there]. They told me I was a natural at it and so I was on my way to competing for 23 seasons as a downhill alpine skier."
Kenny (Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Area, 05 Apr 2019)
Growing plants, gardening. (YouTube channel, 27 Jun 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in alpine skiing at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. (abqjournal.com, 25 Oct 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's about going out there and the camaraderie of it all, the fun of it, the excitement. To me, everyone who is out there is a winner." (abqjournal.com, 25 Oct 2020)
He represented the United States of America in alpine skiing at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has also played wheelchair tennis at national level in the United States of America. Before his accident he competed in motorcycle racing, including at the 1977 Grand National Championships in Houston, TX, United States of America. (abqjournal.com, 25 Oct 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Feb 2021; Mobility Ltd, 01 Jul 1988)
He was a competitive motorcycle racer as a young man, and in August 1983 he was racing in Aspen, CO, United States of America, when he crashed off the track. As a result of his injuries he has paraplegia. (Mobility Ltd, 01 Jul 1988)
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