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REQUIST Beth
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthFort Collins, CO, USA
Height1.63 m
Weight 45 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Winter Park, CO, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Accounting - Texas State University: San Marcos, TX, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up para-Nordic skiing in 2012 at the National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD] in Winter Park, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She did snowboarding before her accident. "I was discharged from hospital in November [2011] and knew I wanted to get back on the snow as soon as possible, so I contacted the NSCD [National Sports Center for the Disabled] to find out how I could learn to alpine and Nordic ski. I was told I had to wait a year to alpine, but I could Nordic. I didn't want to sit around all winter feeling sorry for myself, so I decided to try Nordic. Much to my surprise I really enjoyed Nordic skiing. I have always been an endurance athlete, and Nordic gave me the ability to challenge my body and see how far I could push myself."
Club / Team
National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD]: Winter Park, CO, USA
General Interest
Other sports
She has competed in para-cross-country skiing and para-biathlon at international level. (Facebook page, 03 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (skyhidailynews.com, 25 Feb 2016)
Impairment
In August 2011 she was river rafting on the Colorado River in United States of America and jumped from a 40-foot high rock into the river. She broke her back and was paralysed from the waist down. "When I hit the water, I just hit it wrong. I didn't hit the bottom or anything. It was just a freak accident." (Facebook page, 03 Jul 2015; theclymb.com, 2015; deseretnews.com, 05 Jan 2013)
Other information
ANNIVERSARY
Every year she goes skydiving on the anniversary of her accident. (Facebook page, 03 Jul 2015)

FORMER OCCUPATION
She previously worked as a flight attendant for US airline Southwest Airlines. (deseretnews.com, 05 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
16 2014 12km - Sitting 49:27.1 
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 3:21.90
19 2014 5km - Sitting 21:35.1