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Sean Halsted

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Sarah, twins Rileigh and Ethan, daughter Keelie
Rathdrum, ID, USA
Athlete, Veteran
Higher education
Anthropology, Psychology - Washington State University: Pullman, WA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2001 after attending a Veterans Administration Winter Sports clinic in Aspen, CO, United States of America. He had already tried skiing before his injuries.
Why this sport?
He has always been active and did not want to lose sports from his life after his accident. He attended the Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, and was inspired by people with more severe injuries than his. "You can't put a value on how much it helped me to see somebody else do that. I was like, 'That's gonna be me'. I was an alpine skier before, racing alpine just isn't my thing. I just wasn't getting that exertion that I used to get. For me it was just a natural fit to come to Nordic skiing. It just fit everything I wanted."
Club / Team
Spokane Nordic: United States
Name of coach
BethAnn Chamberlain, USA, from 2016

International debut

Competing for
United States

General interest

Phantom [from his time in the air force where his colleagues said he had the ability to blend in to any situation without anyone noticing]. (, 25 Dec 2009)
Para ice hockey, handcycling, swimming, downhill skiing. (, 01 Jun 2017)
Most influential person in career
US Para cross-country skier Greg Mallory. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US ice hockey player Pat LaFontaine. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." [J. R. R. Tolkien]. (, 01 Jun 2017)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied rowing at university level in the United States of America. (, Feb 2015)
In 1998 he was taking part in a search and rescue training exercise while serving with the US Air Force. He fell 40 feet from the fast rope of a hovering helicopter and broke the L1 vertebra in his back. He was paralysed from the waist down. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018;, 01 Feb 2015;, 25 Dec 2009)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 10
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 7
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 9
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-25 18
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 17
Men's Short Distance Sitting Final 2013-02-28 24
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-01 22
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-03 17
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 11
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 9
Men's 12.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-11 12
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 17
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 11
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 16
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting Race 1 2015-01-25 10
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Race 1 2015-01-27 15
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Race 1 2015-01-31 13
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 22
Men's 12.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-13 14
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 14
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 23
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 12