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PLEBAN Joe
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age29
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Johnna Hetrick
Residence
Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para snowboarding in January 2017 through the Adaptive Action Sports organisation in Copper Mountain, CO, United States of America.
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Rugby, running, wakesurfing with his family. (joepleban.com, 2017)
Injuries
In December 2018 he broke his collarbone after under-rotating a backflip during training. (Facebook page, 07 Dec 2018)
Impairment
In June 2014 he had his left foot amputated due to a joint condition named pigmented villonodular synovitis [PVNS], which had caused benign tumours to grow in his ankle. He underwent two nerve surgeries after the initial amputation. (American Dream Special Ops YouTube channel, 18 Jan 2018; today.com, 17 Jul 2014)
Other information
BUCKET LIST
He and partner Johnna completed a series of 'bucket list' activities before the amputation of his left foot in June 2014. The activities involved going to music festivals, paint balling, scuba diving, and getting a tattoo on his left ankle which said 'please cut here'. He posted pictures of each activity on a Facebook page named 'The Last Adventures of Joe's Left Foot', which attracted hundreds of thousands of followers. "The greatest reward from this small burst of fame was meeting the numerous people in situations just like mine. Countless amazing individuals emerged, from long-time amputees to a nine-year-old who was beginning to consider amputation. The ability to reach out and help others on their journey as well as to learn from incredible athletes has shown me that there can be good things that come out of a bad situation." (joepleban.com, 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 53.92
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
15 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:10.02
  2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  DNS