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Logan Knowles

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Biomedical Science - State University of New York College at Cortland: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Due to his cerebral palsy he began walking later, at age four, with the help of a walker. He initially got into sport through baseball, before starting skiing at age six at the Greek Peak Adaptive Ski programme in Cortland, NY, United States of America. He began racing at age 13.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by watching Shaun White in the X Games. "I was amazed how fast he could go down the pipe, and how high he could travel without getting hurt. Ever since that moment I've known that the mountains would play a big role in my life. At first I could hardly even stand up, it was so painful, and it stayed that way for a couple years. I was not getting better and my family said that I would have to quit skiing if I didn't start skiing on my own support. I concluded that if I ever wanted to become the skier that I wanted to be that I would have to start putting the hard work into my life. I love skiing so much, if I could ski every day of my life I would."

General interest

Hobbies
Playing golf. (stargazette.com, 01 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
US snowboarder Shaun White. (loganknowlesski.com, 27 Oct 2017)
Injuries
He suffered a broken leg in early 2018 that took 10 months to rehabilitate. (gofundme.com, 13 Dec 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He carries a picture of a boy called Colin with him when he competes. Colin was his first coach's son, and passed away from brain cancer at age 10. (discovernac.org, 01 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The biggest thing for me is to always be the hardest worker in the room. You always have to do that, if you want to achieve anything. That's how you follow your dreams." (stargazette.com, 01 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2014 and 2017 he won the Debbie Philips Award from the Greek Peak Adaptive Ski programme in Cortland, NY, United States of America. (loganknowlesski.com, 27 Oct 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (cnycentral.com, 18 Mar 2021)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen at birth. (loganknowlesski.com, 27 Oct 2017)