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Ravi Drugan

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2

Further personal information

Residence
Bend, OR, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing in 2009 with his father at Hoodoo Ski Area in Oregon, United States of America. "I went up for my first lesson actually at Hoodoo, and did one run down the bunny hill, it was a little too slow for me. I did a few runs down some blue runs, and then by noon my dad asked the instructor if we could keep skiing the rest of the day and go on top of the mountain. Right off the bat, my dad took me into ungroomed [trails], in the trees, wide-out conditions, no clue what kind of run I'm on, or if I should be skiing it, or if it's safe or not. I was just following him and trying to copy his turns, or if it got too challenging, I was just looking at it one turn at a time. That was my very first day."
Why this sport?
He initially raced autocross with the Emerald Empire Sports Club in Eugene, OR, United States of America. He had no sport to compete in during the winter months though, which led him to take up Para skiing through the Oregon Adaptive Sports programme. "Without skiing, I'd be pretty lost. I used to skateboard every day. So to all of a sudden wake up and [realise] you can't do everything you used to do, you have to relearn stuff. Skiing gave me all that back, mobility, and I get to go ride in the park and hit rails and jumps. I'm almost more able-bodied on the mountain on my [mono] ski."
Club / Team
Oregon Adaptive Sports: Bend, OR, USA
Coach from which country?
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Autocross, camping. (Facebook page, 23 Nov 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in mono skier X at the 2015 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. (Adventures with Aggie Podcast, 12 Jan 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Kendall Cook and Ben Sparrow, US Para alpine skiers Tyler Walker and Stephani Victor. (Adventures with Aggie Podcast, 12 Jan 2022)
Hero / Idol
US freestyle skier Glen Plake, US skier Seth Morrison. (ravidrugan.wordpress.com, 08 Feb 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"It's always really important to make sure you get a good night's sleep and have a good dinner before. Get up early with plenty of time to have breakfast and get some coffee. Get out there on the snow early enough to get a good warm-up in and then get up on the snow to get at least three or four good warm-up runs in." (Oregon Adaptive Sports YouTube channel, 15 May 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's all about days and hours on the snow. The more days, the better you'll be. Try to push yourself every day and do something new every day. Ski hard and ski fast and take some chances. It's just being able to get out there and realise that you can still do fun things. When I was younger I always wanted to be a pro skateboarder. Now I'm an X Games athlete, which is kind of what I wished for. So I'm like, well, shoot, I guess I've kind of got a good life here, right?" (bendbulletin.com, 08 Feb 2015)
Other sports
He won a number of trophies in autocross before he took up Para skiing in 2009. (ravidrugan.wordpress.com, 08 Feb 2012)
Impairment
He was hit by a train in 2004, which resulted in the amputation of both his legs above the knee. (dopemagazine.com, 01 Oct 2016)
Other information
X GAMES
He competed in mono skier X at four editions of the X Games between 2011 and 2016, winning bronze in 2015. "I'm a freeskier at heart, but I do love the finesse and challenge of alpine racing. I kind of got into some disagreements with [alpine skiing] coaches at the time, and [I decided to] quit alpine racing and stuck with freeskiing. I got into the X Games and spent a good number of years doing that. After that [mono skier X] event got cut from Winter X Games sadly, I did a couple of freeskiing events in Oregon and had a lot of fun doing that, but I didn't really feel I was challenging myself enough. So, I thought I'd get back to alpine racing. There is no better way to judge yourself than to be up against the best skiers in the world, racing the exact same course with dictated turns. You have to get comfortable with pushing your skiing right to the edge. Compared to a lot of times when we freeski, we just turn for the feeling of it. And when you're skiing above a race course, and you have a dictated turn shape with a dictated amount of turns, that's when it really comes challenging." (Adventures with Aggie Podcast, 12 Jan 2022; bendmagazine.com, 11 Jan 2022; teamusa.org, 16 Feb 2021; One Revolution Facebook page, 21 Jan 2021; xgames.com, 31 Jan 2016)