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ARNOLD Steve
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age43
Place of BirthKing's Lynn, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Jessica, daughter Elizabeth
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in January 2017.
Why this sport?
He switched from handcycling to skiing after failing to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games. "Through Help for Heroes I was introduced to Nordic skiing in January 2017 and I loved it straight away. It felt like another new beginning and I was extremely grateful."
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Finsterau, GER
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The real inspiration for me is being the best I can be." (enablemagazine.co.uk, 08 Jan 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. He has also represented Great Britain in Para cycling. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Feb 2022; paralympics.org.uk, 08 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (stevearnoldsport.com, 23 Feb 2021)
Impairment
In April 2011 he lost both his legs while serving with the British Army in Afghanistan. "I was leading a routine search operation in Afghanistan when I stood on an IED [improvised explosive device] and lost both of my legs above the knee. Initially when I stood on the device I didn't realise it was me until my team started calling my name. I tried treating myself but my team reached me and helped put the tourniquets on. It was like a burning sensation in my legs." (stevearnoldsport.com, 09 Dec 2017; helpforheroes.org.uk, 2017)
Other information
EYES ON BEIJING
He says that missing out on the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang has fuelled his motivation ahead of the 2022 Games in Beijing. "I just missed out in 2018 - came into the sport too late and needed to do too much to get there, so I've had so much drive and determination to compete and get there this time. At the time [2018], just missing out it was very disappointing. I found it tough for the first couple of months after but looking back, I probably wasn't ready. Four years more of training was definitely what I needed. I'm not getting any younger, I'm 42 years old [speaking in February 2022] and didn't start this sport until I was 37. Most people are thinking about retiring then, rather than getting to their first Paralympic Games. We'll see what happens after this one - but I just can't wait to get out there. It probably will be my one and only Games so I want to put my best results out there." (independent.co.uk, 22 Feb 2022)

MILITARY SERVICE
He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, his father and his brother by joining the British Army. He served for 16 years and completed tours in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. "Most boys dream of being a soldier. I realised very young that I wanted to be a part of that." He believes that his military experience does not give him an advantage when shooting in biathlon events. "Although the marksmanship principles are the same it's very different shooting an air rifle to a 5.56mm rifle. For one there is no kick back on the air rifle, you are only shooting 10 metres and the target is tiny. Put that all together with it being a race I'd say put me back on the front line anytime." (biathlon23.wordpress.com, 02 Aug 2018; helpforheroes.org.uk, 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an athlete representative on the Invictus Games UK Delegation Board. He was vice captain of the United Kingdom team at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (stevearnoldsport.com, 27 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2022 12.5km Individual - Sitting  DNS
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting  DNS
29 2022 10km - Sitting 43:04.6
12 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 35:27.3
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
11 2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Sitting 51:58.8
14 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 30:27.0
11 2018/2019 15km Individual - Sitting 59:12.8
19 2021/2022 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:54.8
17 2021/2022 10km Middle - Sitting 40:18.6
18 2021/2022 12.5km Individual - Sitting 50:41.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
29 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
  2016/2017 15km - Sitting  DNF
26 2016/2017 10km - Sitting 25:58.8
13 2018/2019 10km - Sitting 25:27.3
13 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
11 2018/2019 15km - Sitting 54:45.3
  2021/2022 10km - Sitting  DNF
10 2021/2022 18km - Sitting 55:45.9
20 2021/2022 Sprint - Sitting