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THOMPSON Ben
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age35
Height1.75 m
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Whistler, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at a young age but had to stop at age eight because of difficulties balancing as a result of his condition. In 2006 he took up sit skiing.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to start skiing young as he grew up in a family of skiers, and his father worked in various mountain resorts on ski patrols. He took up sit skiing after a suggestion from a friend of his mother.
Club / Team
BC Para-Alpine Ski Team: Whistler, BC, CAN
Name of coach
Phil Chew [club]; Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national]
General Interest
Hobbies
Whitewater kayaking, rafting. (Facebook profile, 01 Dec 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every run counts, don't wait." (Facebook profile, 01 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
He was awarded the 2013 Skier of the Year Award by the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers [CADS]. (sitskiben.com, 03 Nov 2013)

He was the 2012 Disabled Skiers Association of British Columbia [DSABC] Athlete of the Year. (Facebook profile, 01 Dec 2012)
Famous relatives
His brother Jeff also competes for Canada in para-alpine skiing. (alpinecanada.org, 06 Jan 2014)
Ambitions
To represent Canada on the World Cup circuit and at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (vancouversun.com, 07 Dec 2012; disabledskiingbc.com, 01 Oct 2012)
Impairment
He has Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy, a hereditary disorder which causes increased degeneration of the coverings around nerve fibres. It was the condition that forced him to stop skiing initially. (vancouversun.com, 07 Dec 2012; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 04 Aug 2011)

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