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Tyler Burdick

Alpine Skiing | Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1

Further personal information

Family
Wife Meagan, one daughter
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
International Business - Westminster College: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para snowboarding in 2012 at the National Ability Center in Park City, UT, United States of America.
Why this sport?
During his rehabilitation he watched a video of US Para snowboarder Amy Purdy competing with two prosthetic legs and it inspired him to get involved in the sport. "That was a game-changer. I thought, 'Oh my god, I could totally overcome this'."

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Hiking, swimming, downhill mountain biking. (cdmrp.army.mil, 20 Apr 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The opportunities are there for you to succeed, you just have to be a motivated person and stay positive." (cpf.navy.mil, 15 Nov 2013)
Impairment
He was injured in July 2010 while serving as a medic in the US armed forces in Afghanistan. "After a roadside bomb was detonated by the enemy beneath my vehicle, I nearly lost my legs below the knee." In September 2014 he had his left leg amputated, and in January 2015 his right leg was also amputated. (teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2015; Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a consumer peer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program [PRORP] in the United States of America, and has volunteered for a number of organisations supporting wounded US veterans, including the Semper Fi Fund, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Project. "Helping others, just as others helped me, is incredibly rewarding." (cdmrp.army.mil, 20 Apr 2021)

MEDICAL PASSION
He was raised by a family of physicians, and grew up passionate about practising medicine. After completing a few undergraduate semesters of study, he enlisted in the US Navy because it would afford him opportunities to administer medical treatment during combat operations. He served in Afghanistan as a hospital corpsman [combat medic] with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines until he was injured in Afghanistan. (cpf.navy.mil, 15 Nov 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Para Snowboard Cross Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 8
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-04 12
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-07 9999