Patrick Halgren

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing at age 23.
Why this sport?
He grew up skiing on Mount Snow in Vermont, United States of America, before pursuing American football. Following his accident his brother encouraged him to take up skiing again. "Honestly, I didn't even know you could ski on one leg at all."
Training Regime
He has two sessions on the snow a day, five days per week. He also does strength sessions at the gym.

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking. (gimpsquad.org, 2018)
Injuries
He sustained a serious knee injury during the northern hemisphere winter of 2018/19. (Journeyman Dan YouTube channel, 30 Jul 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People think I'm out having fun on the mountain but I'm giving up all my time to train to be the best I can be at this and compete with the best guys in the world." (Journeyman Dan YouTube channel, 30 Jul 2020)
Famous relatives
His twin brother Lucas 'Sven' Halgren played semi-professional American football for the Green Valley Blackhawks in Danielson, CT, United States of America. (courant.com, 12 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Journeyman Dan YouTube channel, 30 Jul 2020)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2013 that resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. "I was speeding, late for work and I came around a corner I knew all too well. I knew I was carrying too much speed. I veered off the road and saw a farm field just ahead. I thought I was in luck and got ready to go 'off road', but just as I entered the field of long hay I struck a hidden boulder that threw me and my motorcycle into a phone pole." (gofundme.com, 20 Oct 2021; patch.com, 07 Jul 2013)
Other information
INSPIRATION
He is training to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games to honour the memory of his twin brother Lucas 'Sven' Halgren, who died in a motorcycle crash near Mount Cook, New Zealand, in December 2016. Lucas had encouraged him to take up Para skiing following his accident and the pair had spent the 2016 winter season working together fitting chains and directing car park traffic at The Remarkables ski resort in Queenstown, New Zealand. "It'd be cool if I could show him that all the hard work paid off, do it for Sven, you know. He was my biggest advocate, my biggest fan." (stuff.co.nz, 25 Aug 2017; scene.co.nz, 24 Aug 2017)

TRAINING PLAN
Between the ages of 23 and 28 he lived in both the United States of America and New Zealand, where he worked as a chain-fitter at The Remarkable ski resort in Queenstown. Working at the ski resort allowed him to receive a free season pass to train on the mountain. The idea was that splitting his time between both hemispheres would allow him to train on the slopes. In the northern hemisphere summer of 2020 he trained in Vermont, United States of America, as the COVID-19 pandemic meant he was unable to travel. (Journeyman Dan YouTube channel, 30 Jul 2020; stuff.co.nz, 25 Aug 2017)