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MARTIN Peggy
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age57
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Golden, CO, USA
Occupation
Air Traffic Controller
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
While working as a ski instructor in 1986 in Breckenridge, CO, United States of America, she was inspired after seeing a man going down a slope on a single, wide ski. "There was no snowboarding at that time. I did not know what it was, I saw the first snowboarder and I was like, 'What is that? This is beautiful! I want to do that.' From there, I totally stopped skiing and I just snowboarded. It was my passion. My head exploded because this was the coolest thing ever." She later became involved in Para snowboarding in 2015.
Why this sport?
In 2015 she heard about Para snowboarding and that she could qualify to compete in the upper limb category. "I was like, are you kidding me? I went home and I searched it online. Then I found out that they were at [the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in] Sochi, that the Paralympics had snowboarding the year before, and I had no idea. Good thing there is internet."
General Interest
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 10 Jun 2020)
Impairment
In 1996 she was involved in a snowmobile crash in northern Wisconsin, United States of America. She suffered nerve damage, and as a result was left without the use of her left arm. (teamusa.org, 17 Nov 2020; paralympic.org, 10 Jun 2020)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
When she began learning to snowboard in the 1980s boards were not yet readily available to buy or rent. After managing to borrow one through "a friend of a friend who knew a friend who had a snowboard", she made her own snowboard boots by taping the liners of hard ski boots into outdoor boots. "You would have big rolls of duct tape always with you and then you had to cut it to get your foot out and start over the next time." (paralympic.org, 10 Jun 2020)

SENIOR ATHLETE
She says she is accustomed to being the oldest Para snowboarder at competitions. "Whenever I arrive, they think I am a coach, and I am like, 'No, I am a competitor', and they look at me funny. When you have a passion, you have to continue with your passion. It keeps you young. It is fun. I am having a great time. I do not even think of my age." (paralympic.org, 10 Jun 2020)

OCCUPATION
She took two years away from snowboarding after suffering a foot injury in 1992, and used the time to get her pilot's licence. Her accident then left her unable to pursue the profession, but she went on to work as a flight attendant and later as an air traffic dispatcher. "We do the flight planning. My greatest fear in life was to sit at a desk for work. But I got to stay in aviation, so I'm happy about that." (paralympic.org, 10 Jun 2020; teamusa.org, 17 Nov 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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