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Michael O'Hearn

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW3

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age three in Windham, NY, United States of America. He joined the race team at age 10.
Why this sport?
"It's the adrenaline, the rush. It's just the excitement rushing through your body when you go down."
Club / Team
National Ability Center: Park City, UT, USA

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"I know now that I do not, and never have had, a disability. It is a different ability. To me it is a gift." (nobarriersusa.org, 14 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bostonoandp.com, 22 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He has arthrogryposis, a condition that causes joint contractures. (wnep.com, 29 Jan 2016; asfstories.org, 2012)
Other information
TRIP TO ASIA
He was part of a cultural exchange programme, funded by the US Department of State, in which people in the Republic of Korea were taught adaptive skiing techniques. The scheme took place during the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. 'It was most amazing news to hear when I was selected to take part in this amazing journey." (parkrecord.com, 22 Mar 2018)