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Travis Dodson

Athletics | Nordic Skiing | Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Nashville, TN, USA
Higher education
Nutrition - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para Nordic skiing through the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, United States of America. He began playing Para ice hockey in 2015 in Chicago, IL, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up Para ice hockey after watching the US team win gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. "I realised I wanted to be part of that sport."
Club / Team
Nashville Sled Preds [USA] / Chicago Blackhawks [USA]:
Name of coach
Derek Daniels [Chicago Blackhawks]; David Hoff [national], USA
Training Regime
He trains for eight to 10 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

2018 [Para ice hockey]
Competing for
United States

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in Para ice hockey at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Derek Daniels, manager of sport and recreation at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in the United States of America. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US CrossFit athlete Rich Froning, US-Austrian actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018, 03 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
In 2008 he was invited to throw the first pitch of the Major League Baseball [MLB] match between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. (, 04 Jul 2008)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and was part of the US Para ice hockey team that won gold at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. He also participated in wheelchair racing for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America. (, 05 Mar 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Dec 2021)
In 2007 he was serving with the US Marine Corps in Iraq when a grenade was tossed into the second-floor room he was in. In the explosion he lost his left leg at the hip and his right leg below the knee. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018;, 10 Feb 2014)
Other information
He first tried Para ice hockey in 2008 but was not interested in pursuing the sport at the time. Instead he took up Para Nordic skiing and went on to compete in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. He watched the US Para ice hockey team win gold in Sochi, which inspired him to switch sports, and he claimed gold in Para ice hockey with the US team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I got in my bucket and I kept falling down all the time [when he first tried Para ice hockey]. I couldn't stay up on the blades. I think I was in the sled for about 30 minutes until I said I would never do it again. I got into wheelchair racing and cross-country skiing. All I wanted to do was get on prosthetics and run. I kind of wrote [Para ice hockey] off. But then as I got older I was just in a much better place to actually accept that this is a great sport." (, 28 Feb 2022)

He splits his time between Chicago, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States of America. (, 21 Dec 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 20
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 19
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 21
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 23
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 2
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 5
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 2
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1