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MANN Mark
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthMinneapolis, MN, USA
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Rachael, son Myles
Residence
Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Occupation
Marketing, Sales
Languages
English
Higher education
Business - Bethel University: Arden Hills, MN, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para snowboarding in 2014.
Why this sport?
He first tried Para snowboard at a group rehabilitation session, and was then inspired to become a Para snowboarder after attending the 2016 US Championships in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Although he was not keen on the sport initially, he changed his mind after hitting the slopes with his friend, US Para snowboarder Mike Schultz. "He develops his own equipment. I tried his feet and couldn't believe it. The leg had a shock like you'd find on a mountain bike and the ankle had flexion. I made one run and had a big smile on my face. It was awesome, and it was going to be good. I've always been a competitive person and dreamed of being a professional athlete."
General Interest
Hobbies
Basketball, road cycling, mountain biking. (teamusa.org, 2017)
Injuries
In the late part of 2017 he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right leg and spent time in intensive care. (kstp.com, 28 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is short, I want to live it well." (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in triathlon at national level in the United States of America. (Facebook page, 15 Aug 2016)
Impairment
Both of his legs were amputated below the knee following a boating accident in 2013. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018; Facebook page, 15 Aug 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as marketing manager and in sales at Swanson Meats, a family-owned business in Minneapolis, MN, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 17 Dec 2017; foodservicenews.net, 17 May 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a board member for the Wiggle Your Toes non-profit foundation in Bloomington, MN, United States of America. The organisation offers support to people who have a limb deficiency. (LinkedIn profile, 17 Dec 2017; teamusa.org, 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
4 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:16.71
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
8 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:01.78
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
2 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:11.02
5 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:26.55