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DUCE Heidi Jo
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
Place of BirthMontrose, CO, USA
Height1.55 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Husband Scott Dent
Other names
Heidi Jo Dent
United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 11, at the 'Un-limb-ited Amputee Camp' in Utah, United States.
Why this sport?
She was inspired by the IPCs decision to include snowboard cross in the schedule for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. “When I found out about snowboarding being in the Paralympics, it changed everything for me. I decided that I should give everything to snowboarding.”
Senior International Debut
Competing for
United States
International Tournament
Maribor, SLO
General Interest
'H', Duce (disgoo,com, 18 Sep 2013)
Kayaking, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking. (Facebook profile, 10 Feb 2015)
Hero / Idol
"I can’t say I have any one person that inspires me or that I would call my mentor. Everyone who goes after being good at what they want to do inspires me. My sister played college basketball, my little brother’s a beast. Both of them are good examples of working hard to be good at what [they] want to do. My teammates inspire me." (, 14 Oct 2013)
In November 2013 at a training camp in Austria, she separated her shoulder after crashing. The injury prevented her from competing at the 2013 World Cup in Landgraaf, Netherlands, but she returned to training on 01 December 2013. (, 17 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am only one but I am still one. I cannot do everything but I can still do something; and because I can not do everything I will not refuse to do something that I can do." (, 01 Mar 2013)
She has fibular hemimelia, and was born without a fibula and most of the bones in her right ankle and foot. At eighteen months, she had what remained of her right leg amputated below the knee, and an additional four inches were amputated when she was nineteen. (, 16 Apr 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:44.65
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 2:37.43
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:08.11