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Spencer Wood

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-2

Further personal information

Residence
Pittsfield, VT, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - University of Colorado Boulder: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age two. He began racing at age five at the Killington Mountain School in Vermont, United States of America, where his parents were ski instructors.
Why this sport?
He began competitive Para skiing after attending a race camp hosted by Disabled Sports USA in December 2014. "I had no idea who anyone was but I met kids my age and skill level. It was so much fun. It was my first race skiing as a disabled skier, and I just loved it."
Club / Team
Killington Mountain School: United States
Name of coach
Tony Brennan; Ben Black; Greg Hadley
Training Regime
He trains for 20 hours a week.

General interest

Hobbies
Following Formula One. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In December 2021 he sustained a concussion in training. (teamusa.org, 06 Jan 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He ensures he gets lots of sleep before competitions. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My goal is to not really focus on the result but just focus on how much improvement I have made and be happy, be content that my finish is as good as I could have gotten and that I did everything I could to make my family and my nation proud." (teamusa.org, 06 Jan 2022)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (teamusa.org, 06 Jan 2022)
Impairment
He suffered a stroke while in the womb, which resulted in hemiplegia [paralysis] of the right side of the body. Although he was diagnosed with his impairment as a baby, his parents did not tell him about it until he was age 10. "When I was in fourth grade I wondered why I wasn't progressing in sports, then my parents told me I was disabled. It's hard to tell I am a Para athlete when I'm on skis [but] I do walk with a limp." (skyhinews.com, 16 Feb 2016; mountaintimes.info, 24 Dec 2014)
Other information
RENEWED MOTIVATION
He was disappointed with his performance at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where he placed 25th in standing giant slalom and did not finish the standing slalom event. In November 2018 he was reclassified to LW9-2, and then made his first World Cup podium two months later in Zagreb, Croatia, placing third in slalom. In 2021 he graduated from university and moved to Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America, where he began training full-time at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. He also spent time working with a sports psychologist. "After being 20 seconds out [of first place in giant slalom] in Pyeongchang, I was not feeling too hot. I was like, I can't be going to the next Games [in 2022] feeling like this. I can't have regrets in the start again. It upped my game when I was in the Springs and really helped me focus in on what my goals were, how hard I want to achieve those goals, how badly I need to achieve them because I just have had so many years of mediocrity. And I just can't stand for that anymore." (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2022; teamusa.org, 06 Jan 2022; paralympic.org, 14 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 25
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-21 16
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-23 9
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 16
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 9
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 16