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Kyle Taulman

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Electrical Engineering - University of Colorado Boulder: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age three.
Why this sport?
His mother introduced him to skiing by putting him in a padded bucket and attaching it to a bi-ski. "I just love skiing. I've loved it for a long time, ever since my mother shoved me in a bucket when I was younger."
Club / Team
National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD]: Winter Park, CO, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Scuba diving, singing. (Instagram profile, 06 Sep 2021)
Hero / Idol
US Para alpine skier Chris Devlin-Young. (archive.disabledsportsusa.org, 03 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I think sports are important because they not only help to keep a person in shape, but with most sports, even if it is a single person sport, you are still part of a team and you can build strong bonds with people. Also, you can grow stronger and have a great time doing it. That's why sports are important to me." (archive.disabledsportsusa.org, 03 Mar 2016)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair tennis at the University of Colorado Boulder in the United States of America. (Instagram profile, 06 Sep 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to play wheelchair tennis at the Paralympic Games. (usta.com, 11 Aug 2021; steamboatpilot.com, 07 Apr 2018)
Impairment
At age two doctors discovered a cancerous tumour that was wrapped around his spinal cord. This resulted in T10 paraplegia and stage three neuroblastoma. "It affects my skiing in multiple different ways, mostly just with not being able to control my hips as well or my lower body. But part of skiing and adaptive sports is trying to find a way around those problems." (Wells Fargo YouTube channel, 28 Feb 2018; yoocanfind.com, 04 Jul 2016)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR TENNIS
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 he took up wheelchair tennis, which he had previously played at a young age. "With the complete injury that I have, it's a lot harder for me to work on my core strength in the gym because I just don't have the same balance as some other people. Playing tennis, I feel, has really helped my skiing in that aspect because in tennis, you're pushing all the time, really putting all your power to the push and that takes core strength to do that. I've been able to actually change my skiing and change my entire technique to be a faster skier. Now that I have more strength, it allows me to be more dynamic in my movement with my turns, moving forward or backwards for what I need for a different turn. I wouldn't have been able to do that without that strength from tennis." (usta.com, 11 Aug 2021)

PYEONGCHANG EXPERIENCE
He was invited to attend the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in an ambassadorial role. He attended the opening ceremony as part of the trip, and also worked with young Korean Para athletes. "I've had a lot of great people help me. I hope I was able to be that for some of those kids in Korea. We're just so used to having adaptive sports, but a lot of those kids had never thought about it. To see us there skiing, moving around in our chair independently, helping out other people, that transcends language." (steamboatpilot.com, 07 Apr 2018; steamboattoday.com, 26 Jan 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Lillehammer 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships (Lillehammer, Norway)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2022-01-19 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2022-01-21 9999
Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2022-03-13 9999