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Thomas C Walsh

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW4

Further personal information

Residence
Vail, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Performing Arts - Savannah College of Art and Design: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age two, and started ski racing at age five at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in Colorado, United States of America. He got involved in Para alpine skiing in 2013 with the Aspen Valley Ski Club Adaptive Alpine Development Program in Colorado.
Why this sport?
"I was born in January in a mountain town. The snow is in my blood. Skiing was just something I had to do. Ski school was my daycare and Vail Mountain was my playground. I love the wind on my face and the freedom of having skis on my feet. Skiing a perfect run down a course or even the perfect line down a powder fluffed trail gives my life purpose."
Club / Team
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail [SSCV]: United States
Name of coach
Kevin Jardine [national]; Fletcher McDonald, USA; Andrew Becker; Max Lamb, USA; Tony McAllister; Ben Black; Jamie McCartney
Training Regime
He trains on ski slopes in the southern hemisphere, as well as a glacier in Mt. Hood in Oregon, during the US summer. He also spends a significant amount of time in the gym during the off-season.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Kranjska Gora, SLO

General interest

Nicknames
Twalnutz [after the professional freeskier Tom Wallisch]. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Acting, writing, spending time in nature, sports, performing arts, film. (Facebook page, 02 Jan 2019; Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming his first World Cup victory, in January 2016 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Steven Nyman, Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher. (aspentimes.com, 28 Mar 2019)
Injuries
In March 2017 he broke his left ankle and sustained a concussion at the 2017 Paralympic Winter Games Test Event in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He likes to put his right ski boot on first and does not watch the racer in front him. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No struggle, no progress." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was presented with the Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award by the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in the United States of America. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied skiing at junior international level before he became ill. He was also a junior national triathlon champion. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016; collegiatecancer.org, 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (teamusa.org, 24 Jan 2019)
Impairment
In May 2009 he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancerous tumour that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. In October that year he underwent surgery to remove bones from his pelvis, and he also required chemotherapy. In addition he has lymphedema, a progressive condition that causes his leg to swell. (aspentimes.com, 28 Mar 2019)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied marketing at Keller Graduate School of Management in the United States of America. (Facebook profile, 02 Jan 2019)

OCCUPATION
He works as a ski instructor at Vail Resorts in Colorado, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 02 Jan 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 10
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 19
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 13
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 7
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 5
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 3
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-23 9999
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2019-01-30 6
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 5
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2019-01-31 3