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DERVAES Marc
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Michaela
Residence
West Chester, PA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 1989 in Pennsylvania, United States. After recovering from his injury, he took up para-snowboarding in 2011.
Why this sport?
While working with the Wounded Warriors Project at a ski resort in Colorado, United States, he was persuaded to take up the sport competitively by some friends.
Name of coach
Miah Wheeler [national]
Coach from which country?
United States
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
River kayaking, mountain biking. (teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)
Injuries
Throughout the 2013 season he suffered four cracked ribs, a sprained back and two concussions. (teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (teamusa.org, 10 Feb 2014)
Impairment
He lost most of his right arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Afghanistan in 2009. He was in a vehicle when the attack happened, and was knocked unconscious twice. "I realized my arm was gone. My entire door and windshield was covered in bits and pieces and chunks of this and that. I looked out my driverís window and saw this guy on the side of the road just spraying us down with a machine gun.Ē He spent nine months recovering from his injuries. (gazette.com, 04 Oct 2013; army.mil, 10 Jul 2011)
Other information
LONG RECOVERY
His recovery was a long process. He spent nine months and many surgeries recuperating. "The initial recovery was the hardest. I had three surgeries in the first couple of weeks. Just being in that fog of narcotics was difficult. It was so cold. It took me about four months in San Antonio before I started to realize that the world is bigger than I am and I canít let something like this get in the way of progress and me getting on with my life and doing things that I need to do and want to do.Ē (army.mil, 10 Jul 2011)

TEAM RIVER RUNNER
He is a member of Team River Runner, a kayaking group for Fort Carsonís soldiers transitioning back from combat. (npaper-wehaa.com, 07 May 2012)

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