Sport: Nordic Skiing
Event: Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Classification: B2, Visually Impaired
Date of Birth: Sept. 8, 1982
Birthplace: Denver, Colo.
Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
Current Residence: Boulder, Colo.
High School: Skyline HS (Issaquah, Wash.) ‘00
College: University of Colorado at Boulder
Military Service Branch: United States Navy
Military Rank: E-6
Military Status: Retired
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 10th 20km, 12th 15km biathlon, 14th 1km sprint, 15th 10km, 16th 7.5km biathlon, 9th 4x2.5km open relay (with Augusto Perez, Omar Bermejo and Bryan Price); U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 7.5km biathlon, 1km, 10km and 15km
- 2013: Six podiums at 2013 IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup (Cable, WI): 2nd 15km, 12.5km and 7.5km biathlons, 3rd sprint, middle and long distance cross-country; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, two 1st-place finishes
- 2012: Named to U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Development Team
Kevin Burton was in his ninth year serving as an Arabic linguist with the United States Navy, including tours to Iraq and Kuwait, when in 2010 he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa while on active duty. Before being medically retired in February of 2011, Burton went through treatment at the VA Medical Center’s Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center in Georgia, where he learned how to complete everyday tasks without his eyesight.
An avid cross-country skier before losing his sight, Burton wore skis again for the first time in March 2012 at the VA’s National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo. Burton competes with the aid of a guide who skis in front of him and gives him directions on the course. To aim his shot, he listens to headphones that tell him how close he is and whether or not he is on target.
Burton earned four gold medals at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships in Midway, Utah, and two golds at 2013 nationals. His best world cup performance was at the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup in Cable, Wis., in 2013, where he took home three silver medals in biathlon events.
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