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BASCIO Monica
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age52
Place of BirthMassapequa, NY, USA
Height1.73 m
Weight 53 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Ian Lawless, son Henry
Languages
English
Higher education
Occupational Therapy - San Jose State University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up para-nordic skiing in 2004.
Why this sport?
She has competed in handcycling during her career. However, as there was no women's event at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, she decided to make the switch to para-nordic skiing.
General Interest
Injuries
In 2008 she slipped while at a World Cup race in Norway. She broke her right tibia and fibula and was out of action for the rest of the year. (monicabascio.net, 03 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named 2012/13 Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 24 Oct 2013)
Other sports
She won two silver medals in handcycling at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and competed in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Sep 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Ian Lawless has served as para-cycling high performance director at US Paralympics. (Ian Lawless Facebook profile, 22 Sep 2016; uci.ch, 18 Nov 2015)
Impairment
In 1992 she was paralysed from the waist down after a downhill skiing accident in Lake Tahoe, CA, United States of America. (monicabascio.net, 03 Mar 2014; usparalympics.org, 18 Oct 2011)
Other information
SANCTION
She tested positive for the prohibited substance tuaminoheptane at the 2012 para-road cycling World Cup event in Rome, Italy. She claimed the positive sample was a result of taking an over-the-counter nasal spray. She was banned from the sport for three months, becoming eligible to return to competitive action in August 2012. (wheelchairpride.com, 10 Sep 2012; usada.org, 15 Aug 2012)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In September 2016 she was elected to the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athletes' Council. (insidethegames.biz, 18 Sep 2016)

FAMILY FIRST
She took a season off skiing to raise her son Henry, who was born in July 2008. "I like to think that down the road he will be proud that I was able to commit not only to him but to my training as an athlete who maintained an elite level." (usparalympics.org, 18 Oct 2011; theskichannel.com, 25 Aug 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 HCB/HCC - Time Trial 18.58
7 2006 HCB-HCC - Road Race 1:12:08
1 2011 H3 - Time Trial 28:26
1 2011 H3 - Road Race 1:27:47
1 2013 H3 - Time Trial 35:44
1 2013 H3 - Road Race 1:49:26
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 36:46.7
5 2006 10km Individual - Sitting 43:37.7
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 2006 2.5km - Sitting 10:42.7
7 2006 5km - Sitting 19:40.6
5 2006 10km - Sitting 35:07.0
7 2006 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:36.8
9 2010 10km - Sitting 36:46.3
10 2010 5km - Sitting 17:35.7
8 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
7 2014 12km - Sitting 44:36.8 
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 3:08.09
16 2014 5km - Sitting 20:02.5
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 H3 - Time Trial 33:39.26
2 2012 H1-3 - Road Race 1:42:07
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 47:07.9
6 2004/2005 10km Individual - Sitting 51:46.6
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2004/2005 5km - Sitting 20:12.7
7 2004/2005 2.5km - Sitting 9:28.3
5 2004/2005 10km - Sitting 35:21.0
4 2004/2005 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 28:20.3
9 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 40:36.4
8 2008/2009 5km - Sitting LW10-12 20:20.1
7 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12