Name: Monica Bascio
Sport: Nordic Skiing; Cycling
Classification: Nordic - LW11, Sitting; Cycling - H3, Handcycle
Date of Birth: Sept. 16, 1969
Birthplace: Massapequa, N.Y.
Hometown: Evergreen, Colo.
Current Residence: Evergreen, Colo.
High School: Ridgewood HS (Ridgewood, N.J.) ‘87
College: San Jose State ‘98, Occupational Therapy
Career Highlights - Nordic Skiing
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 7th 12km; 18th 1km sprint; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 2nd 5km, 2nd 10km, 3rd 1km
- 2013: World Cup Canmore, 9th 10km, 10th 5km and 1km
- 2010: Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, 9th 10km, 10th 5km; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 5km
2009: Whistler Paralympic test event, 2nd 5km; IPC World Cup of Skiing, 2nd
- 2007: U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 15km
- 2006: Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, 9th 10km, 7th 5km
- 2005: IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, 5th 10km
Career Highlights – Cycling
- 2013: International Paralympic Committee World Handcycle Championships, 1st road race and time trial; UCI World Cup, 1st overall
- 2012: London 2012 Paralympic Games, 2nd road race and time trial
- 2011: UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, 1st overall; World Cup Segovia, two 1st-place finishes; World Cup Baie Comeau, two 1st-place finishes; IPC World Handcycle Championships, 1st road race and time trial; Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1st road race
- 2002: IPC World Handcycle Championships, 1st time trial
Bascio is a lifelong athlete who has excelled in both cycling and Nordic skiing. Bascio became a paraplegic in 1992 as the result of a skiing accident. She made her Paralympic debut in cycling at the 2006 Torino Games. Since then, she has gone on to compete in Nordic skiing in Vancouver and cycling in London, where she earned two silver medals. Bascio was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympic SportsWoman of the year in 2013 in her final season before retiring from cycling.
Bascio also works as an occupational therapist specializing in geriatrics. She is married to Ian Lawless, who serves as the high performance director for U.S. Paralympics cycling. The couple has a 7-year-old son, Henry, who frequently travels with his parents to races and is already on his second passport.
US Para Cycling