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Melanie Schwartz

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Aspen, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Computer Science - University of Waterloo: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up skiing at age nine with Ontario Track 3 Ski Association in Canada, and began racing in 2007.
Why this sport?
She initially got into racing in 2006/07 on the assumption it would be a one-season commitment. "Somehow I got hooked on racing and my one-year experiment developed into a career."
Club / Team
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club: United States

General interest

Nicknames
Mel (aoprt.ca, 17 Feb 2013)
Hobbies
Cycling, cooking. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swiss alpine skier Didier Cuche. (aoprt.ca, 17 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"All things are possible, except for skiing through a revolving door." (canadianathletesnow.ca, 31 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
She took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She skied her leg of the relay at the Blue Mountain resort in Canada. (simcoe.com, 29 Dec 2009)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Twitter profile, 21 Jul 2017)
Impairment
She is a congenital leg amputee, and is also missing most of her right hip. (teamusa.org, 14 Oct 2013)
Other information
COMPETING FOR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
She is a dual citizen of Canada and United States of America. She previously represented Canada at international level, including at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but switched to compete for United States of America. "Coming from the Canadian team, my new American teammates had some expectations for me. When I first joined the team I was told that I needed to learn all 32 NFL [National Football League] teams. I was a little baffled this would be the top priority for American knowledge. I quickly memorised all the teams and have been subject to random NFL testing. More recently, I was instructed to learn The Star-Spangled Banner [US national anthem]. I'm surprised this requirement was a lower priority than the NFL teams but I finally learned it." (teamusa.org, 14 Oct 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 14
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 10
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 12
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 13
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 9
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 10
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 14
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 9999
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 11
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 10
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 7
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 7
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 10
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 8
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 9
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 9
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 7
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 8
Women's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 8
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-18 11