Mark Urich

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Occupation
Graphical Design, Public Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
University of Colorado: Boulder, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para alpine skiing in 2010 at the National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD] in Winter Park, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He had been involved in sports through high school and university, but after leaving university he admits that he fell into a downward spiral of drinking and partying while working as a bar manager. After meeting US Para alpine skier Alana Nichols, he decided to get back into sports. "After learning that ski racing is a Paralympic sport, I knew that I had to compete. I had been a bartender and managed restaurants for years prior to finding ski racing and was fairly successful at that, but as soon as I discovered adaptive sports and the Paralympics, my full focus turned to ski racing."
Club / Team
National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD]: Winter Park, CO, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time in the mountains, camping. (onelegski.com, 2017)
Most influential person in career
US Para alpine skier Alana Nichols. (blog.coloradoski.com,17 Dec 2013)
Injuries
He suffered a fractured vertebra in 2014 when he was attacked while working as a bartender. The injury required months of physical therapy, and he was able to ski again during the 2014/15 season. (teamurich.com, 01 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Snow is the great equaliser. Snow doesn't care if you have one leg or no arms. Snow doesn't care if you are blind or have cerebral palsy. Snow is slick and gravity is gravity. Edges will do their job and we will fly!" (onelegski.com, 2017)
Other sports
He competed in rowing and American football for the University of Colorado in Denver, CO, United States of America. (teamurich.com, 26 Jan 2014)
Impairment
He was born with an underdeveloped femur and without a fibula in his right leg. At age two his leg was amputated to allow for a prosthetic. "I had a very normal childhood though and grew up playing all kinds of sports." (wreg.com, 21 Aug 2014; teamurich.com, 2017)