Page back
HALSTED Sean
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age50
Place of BirthSpokane, WA, USA
Height1.88 m
Weight 79 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11.5
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Sarah, twins Rileigh and Ethan, daughter Keelie
Residence
Rathdrum, ID, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Anthropology, Psychology - Washington State University: Pullman, WA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2001 after attending a Veterans Administration Winter Sports clinic in Aspen, CO, United States of America. He had already tried skiing before his injuries.
Why this sport?
He has always been active and did not want to lose sports from his life after his accident. He attended the Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, and was inspired by people with more severe injuries than his. "You can't put a value on how much it helped me to see somebody else do that. I was like, 'That's gonna be me'. I was an alpine skier before, racing alpine just isn't my thing. I just wasn't getting that exertion that I used to get. For me it was just a natural fit to come to Nordic skiing. It just fit everything I wanted."
Club / Team
Spokane Nordic: United States
Name of coach
BethAnn Chamberlain, USA, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Nicknames
Phantom [from his time in the air force where his colleagues said he had the ability to blend in to any situation without anyone noticing]. (spokesman.com, 25 Dec 2009)
Hobbies
Para ice hockey, handcycling, swimming, downhill skiing. (teamusa.org, 01 Jun 2017)
Most influential person in career
US Para cross-country skier Greg Mallory. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US ice hockey player Pat LaFontaine. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." [J. R. R. Tolkien]. (teamusa.org, 01 Jun 2017)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied rowing at university level in the United States of America. (teamusa.org, Feb 2015)
Impairment
In 1998 he was taking part in a search and rescue training exercise while serving with the US Air Force. He fell 40 feet from the fast rope of a hovering helicopter and broke the L1 vertebra in his back. He was paralysed from the waist down. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018; teamusa.org, 01 Feb 2015; spokesman.com, 25 Dec 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 7.5km Sprint - Sitting  DSQ
12 2014 12.5km Middle - Sitting 40:46.1
11 2014 15km Individual - Sitting 47:57.4
14 2018 12.5km Middle - Sitting 58:05.3
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 2010 15km - Sitting 44:18.8
7 2010 10km - Sitting 29:10.8
10 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
9 2014 15km - Sitting 46:21.3 
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:30.07
16 2014 10km - Sitting 35:25.7
22 2018 15km - Sitting 50:39.6
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:25.39
23 2018 7.5km - Sitting 27:44.1
12 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 28:23.1
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
14 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 12:30.6
15 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:55.6
15 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Sitting 38:42.0
24 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 28:18.2
22 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Sitting 47:03.1
17 2012/2013 15km Individual - Sitting 49:54.4
15 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Sitting 47:21.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
20 2008/2009 15km - Sitting LW10-12 56:03.8
18 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 37:57.3
17 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
14 2010/2011 10km - Sitting 26:21.6
10 2010/2011 15km - Sitting 38:05.6
6 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
18 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
17 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 46:03.0
11 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 26:53.9
10 2014/2015 15km - Sitting 48:59.8
13 2014/2015 10km - Sitting 31:18.0