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PIKE Aaron
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthPark Rapids, MN, USA
Height1.91 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Oksana Masters
Residence
Champaign, IL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sociology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair racing in 2006.
Club / Team
Central Cross-Country Ski Team [CXC Skiing]: Champaign, IL, USA
Training Regime
As a multi-sport athlete he trains six times a week and rarely has time off. "I am training throughout the year. I take on average one week off twice a year otherwise I'm training six days a week. The biggest sacrifice for me is time. There have been many instances where I have missed on events with friends or family so that I could make sure I am getting the right training."
General Interest
Nicknames
Pikester (Twitter profile, 08 Dec 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Shooting 20 for 20 in the 15km individual biathlon at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. (teateamusa.org, 19 Feb 2017)
Hero / Idol
US long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He travels with his own coffee and coffee maker when he competes. (nbcolympics.com, 28 Dec 2017)
Other sports
He has represented United States of America in Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing, and competed in both sports at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He also played wheelchair basketball at university level in the United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Aug 2020; startribune.com, 24 Jan 2015)
Famous relatives
His partner Oksana Masters has represented the United States of America in Para cycling, Para rowing, Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. She won bronze in the trunk and arms double sculls rowing event at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and competed in Para cycling at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also competed in both Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, winning seven medals across both sports. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Aug 2020; usatoday.com, 22 Jan 2018; nbcolympics.com, 28 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal in the marathon event at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 11 May 2018)
Impairment
He sustained a spinal cord injury in a hunting accident at age 13. A member of another hunting party fired his shotgun in the direction of a noise he heard, and one of the pellets struck Pike in the back. (startribune.com, 24 Jan 2015)
Other information
OVERSEAS EDUCATION
He attended Ramstein American High School in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany. (teamusa.org, 01 Jun 2015)

MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE
As well as wheelchair racing, he has also represented the United States of America in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. He says he enjoys competing in both summer and winter sports, and that his vast experience in wheelchair racing allows him to transition fairly easily from winter sports to Para athletics. "After my first time trying Nordic skiing I knew that it wasn't going to be my last time. I liked the sport immediately and knew that I wouldn't be able to give it up. So then I decided that I was going to try to balance the two sports. I have been able to come off of the winter season and get into the racing chair and feel strong within four weeks. I would attribute that to the fact that I have been doing wheelchair racing for about 12 years [speaking in 2018]. Without that long history in the racing chair it would not be possible. It takes a long time to learn the stroke for wheelchair racing and become efficient in wheelchair racing. I would say that if I started both sports around the same time, then it would not have been possible. With this constant flow I enjoy one [sport] and then start missing the other after I've been on the one for a while. I like the back and forth. And they are very compatible, luckily." (paralympic.org, 11 May 2018; teamusa.org, 18 Mar 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 5000m T54 11:33.74
Round 1 2012 1500m T54 3:15.04
Round 1 2012 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:18.61
16 2012 Marathon T54 1:36:26
Round 1 2016 1500m T54 3:09.85
10 2016 Marathon T54 1:30:13
11 2021 5000m T54 10:16.48
12 2021 1500m T54 2:57.49
9 2021 800m T54 1:36.48
6 2021 Marathon T54 1:29:45
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
19 2011 800m T54 1:45.03
26 2011 1500m T54 3:33.21
4 2011 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:33.68
19 2011 Marathon T54 1:40:53
24 2015 1500m T54 3:31.34
13 2015 5000m T54 10:56.39
18 2019 800m T54 1:38.66
11 2019 1500m T54 3:10.90
8 2019 5000m T54 10:36.08
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
19 2014 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 26:46.6
19 2014 15km Individual - Sitting 48:29.0
12 2018 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 27:20.9
7 2018 12.5km Middle - Sitting 53:07.7
6 2018 15km Individual - Sitting 54:41.4
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
12 2014 15km - Sitting 46:44.7 
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:25.22
14 2014 10km - Sitting 35:03.1
Semifinal 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:49.7
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
12 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 24:19.3
  2014/2015 15km Individual - Sitting  DNS
4 2016/2017 15km Individual - Sitting 51:10.2
5 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:06.5
5 2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Sitting 48:50.7
3 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 27:00.7
9 2018/2019 15km Individual - Sitting 58:06.2
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014/2015 15km - Sitting 46:46.6
6 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
9 2014/2015 10km - Sitting 29:50.1
9 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
8 2016/2017 10km - Sitting 20:58.1
  2018/2019 10km - Sitting  DNS
4 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
9 2019 Marathon T54 1:37:33