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GEROS Garrett
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age21
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Silverthorne, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding at age seven in the United States of America, and took up competitive Para snowboarding after his accident during his senior year at high school.
Why this sport?
Growing up he snowboarded on family holidays to California and West Virginia. After his accident he was introduced to the Adaptive Action Sports club in Copper Mountain, CO, United States of America, by US Para snowboarder Amy Purdy and her husband. "I picked it up for the first time and I instantly loved it. When I lost my leg, I knew I wanted to do something big with my life, so I started looking at sports. At first it was a little tricky to get back on the mountain and the board after staying at home forever. It's worked out so perfect for me. I love snowboarding. I knew I wasn't great at it, but I was willing to try."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Gerok (YouTube channel, 10 Oct 2017)
Hobbies
Wakeboarding. (teamusa.org, 09 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being named on the US Paralympic team. (teamusa.org, 09 Sep 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"How you get good at snowboarding, in my opinion, is only with time. I didn't have a lot of skills to start but I put in so much time and effort that I developed those skills." (teamusa.org, 09 Sep 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (teamusa.org, 09 Sep 2020; christianindex.org, 27 Jun 2018)
Impairment
In 2016, a week after he got his driver's license, he crashed his car into a ditch and suffered severe injuries to both legs. His left leg was only attached by soft tissue and was keeping him trapped in the wreckage, so emergency responders made the call to amputate his leg to save his life. Doctors saved his right leg, but it contains numerous pins and a titanium rod. (daily-tribune.com, 08 Apr 2018)
Other information
WRESTLING RETURNS CONFIDENCE
He wrestled at school prior to his accident. He was able to return to the mat after recovering, and finished his first season back as a Class 4A state-level wrestler. Both he and his father agree that being able to return to the wrestling mat was crucial to overcoming depression following the loss of his leg and giving him the confidence to try snowboarding. "As soon as I saw I could do wrestling, I think I could do anything. I was like, 'Nothing is going to be able to stop me'. All the success in wrestling helped motivate me to have success in snowboarding." (daily-tribune.com, 08 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 56.33
7 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
9 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 41.23
5 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired