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Thomas C Walsh

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Vail, CO, USA
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."
Training Regime
He recorded a number of DNFs during the 2019/20 season, which he put down to working on a change of technique during training. "I really worked on some technical things and letting myself charge it a little bit more, and ultimately that's going to lead to more DNFs. That's going to lead to more straddles. It's going to lead to some simple errors that don't necessarily come when you're skiing more conservatively."

General interest

Twalnutz [after the professional freeskier Tom Wallisch]. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Drawing, sports, performing arts. (, 10 Mar 2022; Facebook page, 25 Nov 2020)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Steven Nyman, Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher. (, 28 Mar 2019)
He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip in December 2020. He returned to competition during the 2021/22 season. (, 10 Mar 2022; Facebook page, 04 Dec 2020)

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 of him. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When the day came that I was allowed to ski again, something sparked inside of me. When I am skiing, it is me and my skis, the snow and the nature that free me from the entire world except from that precise moment. It is this sense of freedom that kept me alive and keeps me skiing to this day." (, 28 Feb 2020)
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;, 2013)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 24 Jan 2019)
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. (, 28 Mar 2019)
Other information
He tested positive for COVID-19 in February 2022, which disrupted his final preparations for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, as he was unable to take part in a final national team training camp, travel with his teammates to the People's Republic of China, or test the course at the Games during official training. "I'm not sure how [or] where I got sick. I was infected and I tested positive on the 12th [February]. It's been a whirlwind since then. It was pretty stressful. I came to the reality that I probably wasn't going to be competing [at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing]. I had to come to terms [with] that.” On a positive note, he said the experience had helped him reflect on what is most important in his life. "Taking this time before the Games to reset and analyse my career, I had to remind myself that while ski racing is what I do and what I love and what I've dedicated the past eight years of my life to, it is just sport. I am still living and breathing even though I had COVID, which is a blessing. I still have the ability to go skiing on a mountain - I might not always be a ski racer, but I will always be a skier." (OIS, 02 Mar 2022)

In December 2021 he gifted his competition bib from the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang to US alpine skier Steven Nyman. The gesture was in response to an Olympic bib Walsh had received from Nyman in 2009 while he was in hospital battling cancer. "When I was sick in hospital, you gave me one of your Turin [2006 Olympic Winter Games] bibs. This bib carried me through a lot, and I don't know if you know the impact that it had on me. I want to give you one of mine. It's not the biggest trophy in your collection but this is one of my Paralympic bibs I want to give to you," he said to Nyman. (, 20 Dec 2021;, 06 Dec 2021; Facebook page, 07 Dec 2021)

He has studied marketing at DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management in the United States of America. (Facebook profile, 02 Jan 2019)

He has worked as a ski instructor at Vail Resorts in Colorado, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 14 Oct 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Oct 2020)


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