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Molly Griffith

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Birmingham, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age three, and learned to ski independently at age six. She began competitive racing in 2015.
Why this sport?
Her family had a love of skiing. From age seven to 11 she competed against able-bodied skiers, but became disheartened and stopped. After undergoing leg surgery in December 2014 she decided she wanted to pursue racing more seriously, and got in touch with Disability Snowsport UK. She was assessed by one of the coaches who recommended she train at Chill Factore in Manchester, England.

General interest

Hobbies
Horse riding, walking her dogs, listening to music, going to concerts, spending time with friends. (sportsaid.org.uk, 14 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
British Para alpine skier Kelly Gallagher. (sportsaid.org.uk, 14 Dec 2017)
Injuries
She suffered an injury in December 2018. (Instagram profile, 22 Jan 2019)

She suffered a fall while skiing on holiday with her family in February 2018 in Croatia that required overnight hospitalisation due to a brief bout of amnesia. (mollygriffithskier.wordpress.com, 09 Apr 2018; Instagram profile, 24 Feb 2018)

Her left knee was sprained from a fall at a skiing practice in October 2017. (mollygriffithskier.wordpress.com, 12 Nov 2017; Instagram profile, 11 Oct 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle." (mollygriffithskier.wordpress.com, 18 Jul 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. Outside of sport she aspires to work in computer graphics. (mollygriffithskier.wordpress.com, 13 Apr 2017)
Impairment
She was born premature and has hemiplegia, which affects the right side of her body. In 2015 her right hand began to deteriorate and became unusable. (birminghammail.co.uk, 14 Nov 2009; mollygriffithskier.wordpress.com, 13 Apr 2017)