12996-Sam Danniels photo

Sam Danniels

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Whistler, BC, CAN
Higher education
Tourism - Thompson Rivers University: Kamloops, BC, CAN

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
After his 2005 accident, he spent four months in the hospital recovering. He was determined to retain his passion for adventure sports and the outdoors despite his injuries. "I am still going to do the things I love to do. Today, I am a professional skier who happens to use a wheelchair to get around every day. I am completely independent and need absolutely no help with my day-to-day activities."
Club / Team
Whistler Adaptive Sports: Canada

International debut

Competing for
World Cup
Whistler, BC, CAN

General interest

Snowmobiling, paragliding, downhill mountain biking. (Facebook profile, 11 Jan 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your ability to succeed is a direct reflection of your ability to try." (, 26 Jan 2012)
In 2005 a mountain bike accident resulted in a spinal injury and paralysis from the chest down. "I grew up with an incredible affinity and love for bicycles. I raced cross country all through high school. Then I started getting into downhill mountain biking and free-riding." He had hoped to pursue a career as a professional mountain biker and snowboarder, until the accident. "There was this jump on the way home that I’d been eyeing all year, a large road gap. I ended up going a little too fast on the takeoff, and I overshot the landing. The drop was probably eighty feet. My head and shoulders were the first to hit the ground. My back came over my body like a ton of bricks, and I dislocated my spine at the T4 level." (, 12 Mar 2010;, 20 Mar 2012)
Other information
He competes in monoskiing and won a gold medal at the 2012 Winter X Games. He won the gold medal using a borrowed monoski. "Kids dream of this, I dreamed of it, I got an X Games gold medal I'm going home with. It's pretty unbelievable." (, 29 Jan 2012)

He serves as an ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organisation that aims to help improve the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. He is also a volunteer with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, teaching other people with physical impairments to sit-ski. (, 26 Jan 2012)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 9999