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Orlando Perez

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10-2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Marcy, three children
Residence
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Sales
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Oklahoma State University: Norman, OK, USA

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
Previously a wheelchair basketball player, he retired from the sport in 2017. He then took up Para alpine skiing after hearing that Puerto Rico was in need of athletes to take part in the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "I found something that I can keep up with right next to everybody else. Able-bodied skiers, sit-down skiers, we can all go as fast as we want. If I don't make it, it's all me, and I like that. I like to put that pressure on myself, because it's just going to help open my mind to how I can help others."
Name of coach
Hillary Sapp [personal]
Training Regime
He trains five days per week.

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time outdoors with family. (discovernac.org, 2018)
Hero / Idol
Puerto Rican basketball players Jose Ortiz and Federico Lopez. (elvocero.com, 14 Oct 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Bring on the challenges because I love to overcome them," (discovernac.org, 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Puerto Rico at the 2017 Wheelchair Basketball Americas Cup in Cali, Colombia. (tunoticiapr.com, 17 Aug 2017)

He won the 2005 National Veteran Wheelchair Games Spirit of the Games Award. (va.gov, 20 Jun 2007)

In 1999 he received the Puerto Rico Wheelchair Basketball Rookie of the Year Award. (usocpressbox.org, 20 Jun 2007)
Other sports
He played wheelchair basketball for Puerto Rico and for the Atlanta Shepherd Stealers in the US National Wheelchair Basketball Association. (pva.org, 27 Jul 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (moveunitedsport.org, 2018)
Impairment
In 1995 he fell from a wall while taking part in a training exercise for the US Army at Fort Jackson, SC, United States of America. After receiving medical attention, a tumour was found on his spinal cord that required immediate surgery. The tumour was successfully removed, but he was left paralysed from the waist down. (pva.org, 27 Jul 2012; augustachronicle.com, 28 Jun 2007)
Other information
MOTIVATION
He was initially sceptical about Para sport, but his wife persuaded him to attend the 1999 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. "When I first got invited to play wheelchair basketball, I thought it was a pity game. I thought it was a bunch of hospital chairs and a bunch of people running slow. Once I saw the crashes and the motivation of everybody, that got me up." (wrdw.com, 10 Sep 2012; pva.org, 27 Jul 2012)