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BURTON Kevin
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age39
Place of BirthDenver, CO, USA
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B2
Guide
Kurt Grimmelmann, USA
Further Personal Information
Family
Children Ewan and Imogen
Residence
Winter Park, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
Arabic, English
Higher education
Economics - University of Colorado: Boulder, CO, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing in 2011 at a United States Association of Blind Athletes [USABA] ski camp in Breckenridge, CO, United States of America. He initially competed in Para Nordic skiing, before switching to Para alpine skiing in 2014.
Why this sport?
"I love the speed and rush that comes with alpine skiing. It allows me to go fast while still being in complete control of myself, not many things allow me to do that as a visually impaired individual."
Club / Team
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club [AVSC]: United States
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Aspen, CO, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Hiking, camping, cycling, computers, shooting. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Whatever life throws at you, you can adapt and overcome it." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016)
Impairment
In 2010 he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa while on active duty with the US Navy. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 12 Jul 2016; teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied hotel administration at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV, United States of America, and applied computing at the City University of Seattle in Washington, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018, 16 Jun 2017)

VETERAN
He served with the US Navy as an Arabic linguist from 2001 to 2010. He retired on medical grounds in February 2011. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2016; teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:31.35
9 2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:32.42
5 2018 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:22.36
  2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DSQ
  2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
16 2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 27:01.1
12 2014 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 43:09.8
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014 20km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 1:08:41.0 
14 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 4:45.44
9 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 29:58.3
15 2014 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 29:00.6
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:16.04
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:06.72
5 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:00.70
7 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:26.36
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:42.75
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
6 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:16.02
4 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:04.89
7 2018/2019 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 1:59.47
6 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:09.49
World Cup Final - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.84
7 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:56.10
6 2015/2016 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:30.50
5 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:15.70
6 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:15.42
7 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:23.97
7 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:24.99
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:31.57
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:35.63
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:33.19
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
9 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:52.99
World Cup - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015/2016 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
8 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
7 2015/2016 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
3 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
9 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:16.94
9 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.79
7 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.66
  2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
8 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:51.65
6 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:38.98
2 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:18.39
3 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:17.19
5 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:23.65
2 2017/2018 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
12 2017/2018 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
11 2017/2018 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
4 2017/2018 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:21.55
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
6 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:16.02
4 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:04.89
6 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:09.49
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:14.18
2 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:10.46
5 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired 2:05.72
6 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:04.51
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:00.58
5 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:05.72
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.73
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  DNF
3 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:49.65
5 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:55.99
5 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:09.57
5 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:57.27
4 2018/2019 Downhill - Visually Impaired  
4 2018/2019 Slalom - Visually Impaired  
4 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired  
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Visually Impaired  
Kranjska Gora - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:18.75
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:44.36
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:05.19
Kühtai - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:13.50
8 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:23.20
10 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:17.61
St. Moritz - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:52.62
9 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:46.65
4 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:45.85
4 2016/2017 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:46.29
Innerkrems - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 46.12
3 2016/2017 Downhill - Visually Impaired 1:07.72
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:19.07
6 2016/2017 Super Combined - Visually Impaired 2:11.30
Hakuba - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:57.70
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:15.57
3 2016/2017 Super-G - Visually Impaired 1:16.34