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Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at Killington Ski Resort in Vermont, United States of America, at age two, before he took up snowboarding at age five. "I loved it even though it is challenging because my disability makes it hard to turn and shift my balance." He became involved in competitive Para snowboarding in 2018 after he attended the Ski Spectacular event in Breckenridge, CO, United States of America. "Ski Spec absolutely changed my life. Once I was there my eyes kind of opened immediately to how awesome the event was."
Why this sport?
His parents encouraged him and his brother to ski from a young age. After doctors discovered he had right-sided hemiparesis, one of the first questions his father asked the medical staff was if he would be able to ski. "The doctor said he didn't even know if I would be able to walk, let alone ski. But I can do both." He found snowboarding difficult at first, but his father encouraged him to keep trying. "I actually ran away from my first lesson, because I was really frustrated, but my dad really helped get me through it and basically taught me how to snowboard."
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His parents. (, 01 Jan 2018)
At age six months his mother noticed he was only using the left side of his body. Following an MRI scan it was discovered that he had a stroke in utero, which caused him to be born with right-sided hemiparesis [weakness in the right side of the body]. (, 01 Jan 2018)
Other information
He moved to Utah, United States of America, to study at the University of Utah after he met a coach from the university in 2018 at the Ski Spectacular event in Breckenridge, CO, United States of America. "He told me I should come to Utah to train. I said no, it was too far. My parents didn't like the idea, either. But I looked at Utah online and the University of Utah came up. I am majoring in mechanical engineering and want to design prosthetics for military veterans and cancer survivors. It is a little hard being away from home, but I have good support from my family and coaches. I am just trying to find that balance between school, work and training and competing." (, 16 Dec 2019;, 01 Jan 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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