Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event: Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Super Combined
Classification: Visually-impaired, B2
Date of Birth: October 1, 1958
Birthplace: Seattle, Wash.
Hometown: Mercer Island, Wash.
Current Residence: Seattle, Wash.
High School: Mercer Island HS ‘77
College: University of Washington '81, Business; UCLA '86, MBA
Coach: Kevin Jardine
2014: Paralympic Winter Games, silver super-G and super combined, 4th slalom, 5th downhill; World Cup Panorama, 1st downhill and super-G, 2nd giant slalom, 5th super combined; NorAm Aspen, 1st downhill; U.S. National Championships, 1st downhill
2013: World Championships, 7th super-G, 9th downhill, 11tht giant slalom; World Cup Finals, 3rd downhill run 1, 5th downhill run 2, 6th slalom, NorAm Copper Mountain, 1st giant slalom, 1st super-G
2012: World Cup Winter Park, 2nd super-G, 3rd giant slalom, 4th slalom
2010: Paralympic Winter Games, silver downhill, 4th super-G
2009: Named to U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team
Mark Bathum began skiing at the age of 9, and just three years later discovered his passion for ski racing. Driven by his friends’ success in racing, Bathum decided to dedicate his time and energy to racing by enrolling at Mission Ridge Racing Academy, one of the first skiing academies in the Northwest. Bathum has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that causes a loss of all peripheral vision; his vision began to worsen after high school.
Bathum took a long hiatus from skiing after high school, as he attended college and spent several years living in Europe and Los Angeles. He returned to slopes in time to compete at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, where he and guide Slater Story took home silver in downhill. He is now a member of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team for the 2013-14 season.
In addition to training and traveling to races, Bathum works fulltime as the Director of Business Development at Cobalt ADP. He also stays busy with investing, following politics, reading and cooking.