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JOINES Kimberly
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthEdmonton, CAN
Height1.70 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rossland, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Commerce - University of Alberta: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age 19 in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
"After my accident this seemed like the best competitive sport scenario for me, given my passion for skiing and snowboarding prior to injury."
Name of coach
Jean-Sebastien Labrie [national], CAN
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Canada
Location
Austria
General Interest
Nicknames
Crash, Kim (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011; alpinecanada.org, 09 Jan 2015)
Hobbies
Powder skiing, camping, off-road driving. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the overall World Cup title for the 2007/08 season. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Injuries
She competed with a shoulder injury throughout the 2014/15 season. (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2015)

In April 2013 while competing at a Paralympic Test Event in Sochi, Russia, she crashed and injured both of her arms, and had to undergo surgery on her collarbone. (kimberlyjoines.com, 12 May 2013)

Her 2011/12 season was disrupted by hip, shoulder and appendix operations. (alpinecanada.org, 14 May 2012)

She missed the whole of 2010 because of a broken hip, and three months of the 2009 season because of broken ribs. She was out for three months in 2005 because of a broken femur, which followed a four month break in 2004 because of a fractured tibia. In 2002 she broke both her ankles and a tibial plateau in a crash which kept her out for five months. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It always works out in the end. So if it isn't working out, it just isn't finished yet." (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2015)
Impairment
A snowboarding accident in 2000 resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Other information
PERSONAL BATTLE
She has admitted to battling depression throughout her career. (canada.com, 06 Mar 2014)

SPEED TO SKILL
She stopped competing in skiing's speed events and switched to the more technical events in a bid to reduce her risk of injury and prolong her career. "I've never broken a bone in a technical event. As soon as I stopped skiing speed, it was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I was generally just relaxed and positive." (canada.com, 06 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 Super-G - Sitting 1:38.48
3 2014 Slalom - Sitting 2:15.16
  2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2003/2004 Downhill LW10-12  DNF
3 2003/2004 Super-G LW10-12 1:40.40
4 2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW10-12 2:42.99
5 2003/2004 Slalom LW10-12 1:57.09
1 2008/2009 Downhill - Sitting 1:58.39
2 2008/2009 Slalom - Sitting 2:09.50
  2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
1 2008/2009 Super-G - Sitting 1:06.29
6 2008/2009 Super Combined - Sitting 2:22.72
2 2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting 1:41.37
  2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
3 2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting 2:32.76
2 2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting 2:07.51
3 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:38.40
  2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting DNF