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Kevin Burton

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B2
Guide
Kurt Grimmelmann, USA

Further personal information

Family
Children Ewan and Imogen
Residence
Winter Park, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
Arabic, English
Higher education
Economics - University of Colorado: Boulder, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing in 2011 at a United States Association of Blind Athletes [USABA] ski camp in Breckenridge, CO, United States of America. He initially competed in Para Nordic skiing, before switching to Para alpine skiing in 2014.
Why this sport?
"I love the speed and rush that comes with alpine skiing. It allows me to go fast while still being in complete control of myself, not many things allow me to do that as a visually impaired individual."
Club / Team
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club [AVSC]: United States

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Aspen, CO, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Hiking, camping, cycling, computers, shooting. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whatever life throws at you, you can adapt and overcome it." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)
Impairment
In 2010 he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa while on active duty with the US Navy. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 12 Jul 2016; teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied hotel administration at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV, United States of America, and applied computing at the City University of Seattle in Washington, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018, 16 Jun 2017)

VETERAN
He served with the US Navy as an Arabic linguist from 2001 to 2010. He retired on medical grounds in February 2011. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016; teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 16
Men's 20 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-10 10
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired Qualification 2014-03-12 14
Men's 15 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-14 12
4x2.5 km Open Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 9
Men's 10 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-16 15
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2017-01-25 6
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2017-01-26 5
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2017-01-28 5
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 7
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 6
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-10 7
Men's Super-G Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-11 9
Men's Super Combined Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-13 5
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 9999
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-17 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-21 9999
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-23 6
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2019-01-30 4
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2019-01-31 7
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 6