Imagen
33423-Noah Elliott photo

Noah Elliott

Snowboard
1
1

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Skylar
Residence
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Occupation
Public Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Commerce - DeVry University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was initially exposed to Para snowboarding while watching the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi during his treatment. He first tried Para snowboarding in 2015 in Colorado, United States of America, through the Sunshine Kids Foundation. Prior to losing his leg he had been a skateboarder since age seven. "When I was in treatment I was watching [Keith] Gabel, [Evan] Strong and [Mike] Shea [competing in Sochi]. Experiencing that moment and going through treatment while they stood on that podium inspired me to work towards getting back on a board but this time a snowboard."
Why this sport?
After being inspired by snowboarders at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, he met US Para snowboarder Brenna Huckaby and was further influenced by the story of US Para snowboarder Mike Schultz. "Brenna had the same cancer as me but decided to amputate her leg early on because it was so severe that it was really her only option to successfully survive treatment. So, they amputated her leg and she started snowboarding. I was like, 'OK, it is possible'. A few weeks after they cut off my leg I was watching TV in my room and randomly this talk show came on. Here's this guy, Mike Schultz, talking about his prosthetic and sharing his story and I was like, 'No way, that's the leg I need'. I was thinking back to Brenna and sent her a message asking what leg she used, and she said, 'You need to talk to Mike'. All these dots were connecting."
Training Regime
His training base is on the slopes in Steamboat Springs, CO, United States of America.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
New Zealand

General interest

Nicknames
Sendy (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Skateboarding, motorcycling, spending time outdoors and at the beach, hiking, animals, surfing. (teamusa.org, 21 Jun 2020)
Most influential person in career
His daughter. "My life changed tremendously [when she was born]. There were a lot of things happening at that time, and for me when she was born, it immediately flipped the switch for me. It really helped me drive more for my success and my goals because I wasn't only doing it for myself, I was also doing it for my daughter." (teamusa.org, 21 Jun 2020)
Injuries
In January 2022 he withdrew from the snowboard cross and team snowboard cross events at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway, due to injury and issues with his prosthesis. (teamusa.org, 21 Jan 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Our success is challenged by the way we live. Success is turning dreams into commitments, grow your roots and go." (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To win two gold medals at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (teamusa.org, 21 Jun 2020)
Impairment
At age 17 his left leg was amputated above the knee due to a form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. He had been diagnosed a year earlier, and after a year of chemotherapy and a complete knee replacement, his body rejected the replacement and he made the decision to have the leg amputated. (discovernac.org, 2016; gofundme.com, 2016)
Other information
FILM APPEARANCE
In 2021 he featured in the film 'Winter Sports Now', made by US filmmaker Warren Miller. "Everybody who is a ski or snowboarder has always dreamed about being in a Warren Miller film, and I have the honour of being featured in it. They have opened the door and really starting to showcase Paralympic athletes and adaptive athletes. So I'm super honoured because they go into my story and talk about it." (koaa.com, 04 Nov 2021)

INSPIRATIONAL DAUGHTER
He says his biggest motivation after the amputation of his leg was his daughter Skylar, who was five months old when his cancer was diagnosed. "One of the hardest parts that reminded me when I was on snow, what I was doing and why I was there, was leaving Skylar behind. I had her at such a young age. Skateboarding may have been a leading factor [in him taking up snowboarding] but the thing that finished the journey was her. I am doing this not for me but for her. I would snowboard as long as I could. I would skip lunch and just go, go, go because I knew what I was working towards. Being a girl dad has changed my life. I really try to teach her anything and everything I can." (teamusa.org, 21 Jun 2020; dailyjournalonline.com, 22 Apr 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for Wiggle Your Toes, a US organisation that helps amputees. In November 2019 he became programme coordinator for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports [STARS] in Steamboat Springs, CO, United States of America. He was involved in the programme as a teenager when he was battling cancer. "I want to give back what I was given and help people experience the life-changing opportunity that shows them they are more capable than what they thought and shows them that somebody believes in them." (teamusa.org, 21 Jun 2020; steamboatpilot.com, 15 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-12 3
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-16 1
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-27 2
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-30 1