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SIDES James
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthAustin, TX, USA
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Amy, daughter Avery
Residence
Silverthorne, CO, USA
Occupation
Student, Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
Geology - Santa Monica College: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para snowboard in 2012 in the United States of America.
Why this sport?
He took part in a snow sport programme organised through the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. "I signed up with Ski Spectacular, one of their trips. I'd only been snowboarding a few times before then, but when I went I guess I improved enough to be noticed by the coaches. After that they invited me to one of their camps."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: United States
General Interest
Nicknames
Jimmy (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Hobbies
Mountain biking, skating, surfing, off-roading, camping, climbing, hiking. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He tore his anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in August 2016. He underwent surgery in October and required six months of recovery. (Krystal 93 Radio, 12 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't ever give up." (summitdaily.com, 02 May 2018)
Impairment
In July 2012 he was serving as an explosive ordinance disposal technician with the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan. He was attempting to manually disarm an improvised explosive device [IED] when it exploded. His injuries resulted in the loss of vision in his left eye and the amputation of his lower right arm. (summitdaily.com, 06 Nov 2015; jimmysides.com, 12 Nov 2014)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a degree in geology and hydrology at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, CO, United States of America. (summitdaily.com, 02 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
8 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:42.60
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
15 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
14 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 58.11
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
4 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
8 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:08.70
8 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:16.63
16 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:29.64