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Kirk Schornstein

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-1

Further personal information

Residence
Spruce Grove, AB, CAN
Languages
German, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age two at Snow Valley in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
"It was a choice between soccer and skiing and I chose skiing for the adrenaline rush."
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN; David White

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Canada
Location
Kimberley, BC, CAN

General interest

Nicknames
Kickstand (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Working on cars. (Instagram profile, 21 Nov 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Obtaining three top-five finishes at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Bode Miller. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Injuries
He injured his knee after crashing during his first run at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, but was still able to compete in the rest of his events at the Games. (sprucegroveexaminer.com, 17 Feb 2016; paralympic.ca, 2014)

In 2012 he had surgery on his right knee to repair loose cartilage. (kirkski.com, 01 Dec 2012)

He has partially torn the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee during his career. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing to it but to do it." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He has been presented with the Cary Mullen Character Award from Alberta Alpine in Canada, and a Top Flight Award from St Paul's Academy in Alberta during his career. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He has also competed in able-bodied skiing competitions. (kirkski.com, 08 Mar 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Twitter profile, 31 Oct 2017)
Impairment
He was born with a brachial plexus injury that led to Erb's palsy and caused paralysis of his right arm. (kirkski.com, 14 May 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the Athletes' Council of the Canadian Paralympic Committee [CPC]. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works part-time in his family's plumbing and heating business. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 25
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 25
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 26
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2011-01-16 12
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 13
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 13
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 16
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 14
Mixed Team Event VI/Sitting/Standing Final 2011-01-23 7
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 13
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 16
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 12
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 13
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 7
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 15
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 9
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 16
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 5
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 2
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 4
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 4
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 6
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 6
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 7
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 13
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 9999