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BASKIS Steven
Sport Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age35
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Guide
Andrew Poffenberger
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Sarah
Occupation
Motivational Speaker, Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
American Military University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was athletic before his injury, and after he lost his sight he began competing in marathons, biathlons, triathlons and cross-country skiing.
Club / Team
Central Cross Country Skiing Association: Verona, WI, USA
Name of coach
John Farra [national], USA; Eileen Carey [national], USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Hiking and mountain climbing. (abcnews.go.com, 19 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He competes in tandem para-cycling at national level. (news-gazette.com, 20 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (channel3000.com, 27 Feb 2014)
Impairment
While serving in Iraq with the US Army in May 2008, he was permanently blinded by an improvised explosive device. The explosion also caused the loss of much of the use of his left arm due to nerve damage. (abcnews.go.com, 19 Feb 2014; news-gazette.com, 20 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.