Thomas Walsh

Thomas Walsh

 

The Backstory:
Walsh learned skiing alongside Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin and seemed destined for his own Olympic career until he was stricken with cancer at age 14. He returned to the slopes as a below-knee amputee and made his way to para skiing’s upper echelon. At his first Paralympics in 2018, he recorded top 10 finishes in slalom (fifth place) and giant slalom (seventh), then won two medals the following year at the World Championships. A versatile performer, he plans to compete in all four alpine disciplines at the Beijing Paralympics.

Away from the slopes:
Walsh is an accomplished musician, singer, dancer, and visual artist.

In their own words:
“I love [skiing] so much and I will never, ever take a day of skiing for granted. It truly saved my life… it’s what I was born to do, and it’s what I’m going to continue to do for as long as I can.” [link]

“I have never truly been a results oriented individual… [But] I do believe I have a chance to podium and I really want to stand on the top level. That’s why we’re all here. That’s what everybody wants. . . . I’m coming into these Games with more experience, more understanding of what the environment is going to be like, and knowing that I’ll have a better feel for the pressures.”

Learn more:
Team USA page
IPC page
Paralympic.org
, “Walsh Ready to Take on New Role”
Aspen Times, “Shiffrin, Walsh Bond Over Skiing”

TEAM USA

Prior Paralympics: 2018

 

  • Sport: Alpine skiing
  • Limb Difference: Left pelvis
  • DOB: 1/30/1995
  • College: Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Classification: LW4

 

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