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Patrick Parnell

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

United States
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Environmental Science - Colby-Sawyer College : New London, NH, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-skiing in 2004 on the slopes of Mount Snow, VT, United States.
Why this sport?
He took to the snow easily as a young boy, using his one ski and poles that each had a ski attached to the end.
Club / Team
Colby-Sawyer College Alpine Ski Team: New London, NH, USA
Name of coach
Kevin Jardine [national]
Coach from which country?
United States

General interest

Hiking, spending time with friends. (, 25 Mar 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Standing on the podium for the first time at a nationals event. (, 25 Mar 2013)
Most influential person in career
Sue Tatem, who helped teach him how to ski.
(, 23 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol
US para-skier Jason Lalla. (, 25 Mar 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always uses the same outriggers on the left and right side. (, 25 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (Twitter profile, 04 Jul 2013)
To win gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 23 Jan 2012;, 22 Jan 2012)
He was born with a condition called proximal femoral focal deficiency [PFFD] that prevented the full development of his left femur. He uses a prosthetic for walking. He says that as he has always grown up with one leg, he is used to compensating for balance. (, 23 Jan 2012)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 9999