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Spencer Wood

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW4

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications, Public Relations - 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.
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."
Name of coach
Kevin Jardine [national], USA

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise." (Instagram profile, 16 Feb 2015)
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)

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