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JALLEN Stephanie
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age22
Place of BirthKingston, PA, USA
Height1.63 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Harding, PA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - Kingís College: Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She attended her first winter ski clinic in 2006. It was held by the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports [PCAS] in Camelback, PA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
The sport gives her a sense of freedom. "Iím usually confined to some kind of walking device. When I ski, itís like nothing is there to help me move. Itís all me."
Name of coach
Ernie Baul [personal, strength and aerobic], USA, from 2005; Kevin Jardine [national], USA
Training Regime
She does strength and aerobic training at Danko's All-American Fitness gym in Plains, PA, United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Nicknames
Hopper, Javelin (citizensvoice.com, 23 Aug 2017; Facebook profile, 04 Sep 2017)
Hobbies
Hiking, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (teamusa.org, 20 Oct 2016)
Injuries
In 2016 she underwent surgery on her right ankle and was unable to train between April and November. She re-injured her ankle in early 2017 and was told by her doctor that she would have to undergo a second operation. She planned to postpone the surgery until after the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (teamusa.org, 20 Oct 2016; citizensvoice.com, 23 Aug 2017; paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2017)

In February 2012 she crashed on a downhill course in Kimberley, BC, Canada. She required 12 stitches to a facial wound, fractured her tibia [shinbone] plateau and partially tore the medial collateral ligament in her knee. She underwent knee surgery in 2013. (citizensvoice.com, 28 Oct 2012; psdispatch.com, 13 Feb 2012; pahomepage.com, 20 Feb 2012; citizensvoice.com, 23 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." (Facebook profile, 02 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she was named the Best Female Paralympian and her bronze medal win at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi was named the Best Moment of the Games by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (paralympic.org, 03 Apr 2014)

She received the Greater Pittston Person of the Year award in 2014 from the Sunday Dispatch newspaper, which is based in Pittston, PA, United States of America. (timesleader.com, 09 Jul 2017)
Impairment
She was born with CHILD syndrome [congenital hemi-dysplasia with ichthyosiform erythroderma and limb defects], resulting in the left side of her body being underdeveloped. Her left arm is shorter than her right, her left leg was amputated when she was an infant and her heart is located more centrally in her chest. (allied-services.org 27 Jul 2012; YouTube, 14 Mar 2011)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
Her family ensured she did not miss out on anything as she was growing up. "I was never treated any differently from everybody else. When I was younger, I jumped on the trampoline, went rollerblading, played on scooters and skateboards and went swimming. I did everything everyone else did and I think that is all from my family." (YouTube, 14 Mar 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Super-G - Standing 1:30.14
  2014 Slalom - Standing DNF
3 2014 Super Combined - Standing 2:23.13 
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF
8 2018 Downhill - Standing 1:40.64
10 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:44.30
5 2018 Super Combined - Standing 2:37.75
10 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:37.43
  2018 Slalom - Standing  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2014/2015 Downhill - Standing  DNF
4 2014/2015 Super-G - Standing 1:34.36
4 2014/2015 Super Combined - Standing 2:13.19
3 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:20.49 
  2014/2015 Slalom - Standing DNF
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:19.58
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:13.19
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNS
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNS
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing 1:54.86
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNS
  2015/2016 Slalom - Standing  DSQ
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:20.80
2 2015/2016 Downhill - Standing 1:18.90
2 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:28.82
2 2015/2016 Super-G - Standing 1:31.99
4 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:40.00
8 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:47.03
7 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:41.35
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2016/2017 Slalom - Standing  DNF
9 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:32.21
11 2017/2018 Downhill - Standing 1:38.69
10 2017/2018 Super-G - Standing 1:37.99
  2017/2018 Super-G - Standing  DNF