Paige Van Arsdale

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-2

Further personal information

Residence
Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
Occupation
Lifeguard, Student, Waitperson
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in Colorado, United States of America.
Why this sport?
Her parents got her involved in the sport.
Club / Team
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club: United States
Name of coach
Jon Lujan [personal], USA

General interest

Hobbies
Nordic skiing, swimming, cross-country running, reading, singing, spending time in the mountains and at the beach. (Facebook page, 08 Oct 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her brother Kaleb. (Facebook page, 29 Jan 2021)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin. (9NEWS Sports Facebook page, 18 Jan 2021)
Injuries
In early 2017 she suffered a concussion after an accident involving a ski lift during a week-long event in Park City, UT, United States of America. (gofundme.com, 12 Mar 2017; squirge.com, 18 Jan 2021; 9NEWS Sports Facebook page, 18 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I have success when I try something, then I know I did what I could do. If I don't have success at a sport, then I just keep working my hardest to get better at it." (steamboatpilot.com, 02 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (greeleytribune.com, 09 Jan 2021)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with hemiplegic cerebral palsy at age two. The condition affects her right side and caused her right leg to grow several inches shorter than her left leg. In 2012 she underwent five procedures on her right leg, to lengthen the calf and hamstring, move her patella down, cut her thighbone and rotate her leg outwards. (steamboattoday.com, 01 Feb 2016; greeleytribune.com, 09 Jan 2021)
Other information
ACCIDENT
She had been aiming to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang until she fell off a ski lift in early 2017 and sustained a concussion. After undergoing tests following the accident, she was also diagnosed with bipolar depression. "The chairlift flung me off like a frisbee and I hit a cone with my feet and I landed on my back and slammed my head on the snow. I got a concussion. I was acting really strange around my coaches and my teammates. I didn't know I had bipolar depression. It's kind of hard to get out of bed in the morning. It takes a lot out of me to be able to have enough energy to get through the day." (gofundme.com, 12 Mar 2017; squirge.com, 18 Jan 2021; 9NEWS Sports Facebook page, 18 Jan 2021)

OCCUPATION
She is a part-time lifeguard at Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, CO, United States of America. She has also worked as a children's ski instructor at the Steamboat Ski Resort. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2020; Facebook profile, 17 Jan 2021)