Classification: LW2, Standing
Date of Birth: June 1, 1977
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Current Residence: Vail, Colo.
High School: Boys and Girls HS (Brooklyn, N.Y.) ‘95
College: DeVry University ’16, Sales and Marketing
Coach: Kevin Jardine
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 17th giant slalom, 18th slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championship, 1st slalom and giant slalom; Huntsman Cup, 1st slalom and giant slalom; World Cup Copper Mountain, 12th slalom run 1, 13th slalom run 2, 15th giant slalom run 1, 19th giant slalom run 2; World Cup Panorama, 20th giant slalom, 22nd super-G; NorAm Aspen, 1st downhill; NorAm Winter Park, 2nd giant slalom run 1, 3rd slalom and giant slalom run 2; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championship, 1st super-G, 2nd downhill
- 2013: International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Championship, 8th downhill, 16th super-G; World Cup Mt. Hutt, 12th super-G
- 2012: World Cup standings, 8th slalom, 12th super combined, 10th super-G; NorAm Copper Mountain, 2nd slalom, 4th giant slalom; NorAm Winter Park, 2nd giant slalom, 3rd super-G
- 2011: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, 12th super combined, 14th downhill, 17th super-G; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championship, 1st super-G, super combined
- 2010: 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, 22nd slalom, 29th giant slalom; IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, 5th downhill; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championship, 1st overall
- 2009: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, 14th slalom, IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, 10th downhill; NorAm Park City, 4th slalom
- 2008: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championship, 3rd downhill; NorAm Hartford, 2nd downhill; NorAm Copper Mountain, 4th slalom; The Hartford Ski Spectacular, Breckenridge, Colo., 4th slalom
- 2006: Paralympic Winter Games, 36th slalom, 46th giant slalom
- 2005: Four top-15 finishes in World Cup competition
- 2004: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, 14th super-G; Two top-10 finishes in World Cup competition; Named to U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team
Ralph Green didn’t give up after he lost a leg following a random street shooting. Coaches say he’s fearless and a hard worker. Green is the first African-American man to make the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team, and he represented Team USA at both the Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
A high school quarterback and multi-sport athlete, Green was gunned down at 16 while he and a friend were walking along a street in Brooklyn. His left leg was amputated at the hip. A year later, Green was introduced to skiing in the Poconos, and it didn’t do much for him. In 2000, though, Green found himself back on the slopes with a program in Winter Park, Colo., and as he says, “That’s when it stuck...‘I’m skiing until I’m the best.’” Green is now a 10-time U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team member and four-time national champion. He will compete in his third straight Paralympic Winter Games with Team USA in Sochi. Off the slopes, Green enjoys cooking and competes in triathlons for cross-training.
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