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FIGUEROA Carlos
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age41
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Jessica, daughter Lilly.
Residence
Silverthorne, CO, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He used to snowboard before his accident in 2003. He took up Para snowboarding in 2010.
Why this sport?
"As soon as I got feeling back in my leg I knew I wanted to snowboard."
General Interest
Hobbies
Running, wakesurfing. (The View Facebook page, 12 Nov 2018)
Impairment
In 2003 the nerves in his left foot were damaged after he was hit by a blast from an improvised explosive device [IED] while serving in the US Army in Iraq. The limb was amputated nine years later. (summitdaily.com, 25 Nov 2016)
Other information
THE VIEW
In November 2018 he and his family appeared on the ABC television show 'The View' in the United States of America. The show surprised the family when the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation presented the family with a new home after their original rental home was burned down in the 2018 California fires. (The View Facebook page, 12 Nov 2018)

DAUGHTER AMPUTATION
His daughter Lilly was born with her legs fused together. The condition lead to her having a double amputation above the knee. (tunnel2towers.org, 01 Jun 2017)

REPLACING THE RUSH
Snowboarding replaces the feeling of excitement he got while serving in the armed forces. "My love for snowboarding is about loss, the loss of what I had in the military, where you're used to being on the move, on patrols, on raids. That's how I treat my races. The moment that gate drops, it's like the door opening on a raid. I go full blast. I'm able to get something back that I felt was taken away. That rush. I love it." (nbcnews.com, 06 Apr 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
20 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:39.23
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
21 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:37.08
  2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  DNF