Nicole Roundy, USA hops out of the starting gates

Nicole Roundy

Alpine Skiing | Snowboard

Since the separation of the lower-limb impairment classes ahead of the 2014-15 season, the USA’s Nicole Roundy has really come into her own.

The 29-year-old cemented her status as one of the world’s best riders at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain, with two bronze medals in snowboard-cross and banked slalom.

To top it all off, Roundy finished second in the women’s SB-LL1 overall World Cup rankings, just behind French Sochi 2014 silver medallist Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon.

In 2015-16, the Paralympian once again ended second to Hernandez Cervellon in the overall rankings, but won the snowboard-cross for the first time and finished second in the banked slalom. She is hoping to finally overtake her main rival in the next season.

Roundy is also a trailblazer. In 2006, she became the first above the knee amputee, male or female, to compete in Para snowboard, eight years before the sport made its debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Her efforts made a significant contribution to the sport’s case for inclusion.

She lost her right leg to cancer at the age of eight and is an accomplished motivational speaker, who holds a degree in business management. Roundy is an advocate for The Challenged Athletes Foundation, The National Ability Centre and childhood cancer research.

Roundy will be amongst the more the 100 athletes competing at the 2017 World Para Snowboard World Championships in Big White, Canada.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

United States
Athlete, Marketing, Motivational Speaker
Higher education
Business Management - Western Governors University: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para snowboard in 2004.
Why this sport?
She discovered snowboarding after first trying skiing. "Snowboarding has taken a priority in my life because it has allowed me to dream and achieve. It has given me a new passion for life and taken me down roads I never thought I would have the opportunity to travel."

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

Buttercup (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Yoga, hiking, trail running, CrossFit. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the 2015/16 World Cup title for snowboard cross. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
US tennis player Billie Jean King. (, 04 Mar 2016)
In January 2018 she dislocated her thumb. (Twitter profile, 17 Jan 2018)

In November 2015 she tore the meniscus in her left knee. She underwent surgery in June 2016. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)

She injured her left shoulder in January 2015 and was sidelined for 10 months. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)

In February 2010 she broke her right wrist and was out of action for three months. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)

In June 2006 she crashed her dirt bike and shattered her left knee. She was told she would not be able to snowboard for a year but she returned to the slopes after five months. (, 14 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Showing up is half the battle - not just physically, but mentally." (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
In 1994 she was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Later that year her right leg was amputated above the knee, and she continued aggressive chemotherapy treatment. Her heart stopped twice during her treatment period. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013;, 14 May 2013;, 01 Jan 2012)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 8
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2015-02-24 3
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2015-02-28 3
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-04 3
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-07 4
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-12 5
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-16 4