Name: Sean Halsted
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Event: Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175
Classification: LW11.5, Sitting
Date of Birth: Nov. 24, 1970
Birthplace: Spokane, Wash.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Current Residence: Rathdrum, Wash.
High School: Mead Sr. HS (Spokane, Wash.) ‘88
College: Washington State University, Psychology ‘92
Military Service Branch: United States Air Force
Military Rank: Senior Airman, Combat Controller
Military Status: Retired
Coach: James Upham

Career Highlights

  • 2015: IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, 10th 15k;
  • 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 9th 15km, 11th 15km biathlon, 12th 12.5km biathlon, 16th 10km, 17th 1km sprint; World Cup Oberstdorf, 10th 1km, 12th 15km, 14th 10km; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 2nd 1km sprint, 3rd 10km and 15km, 4th 7.5km biathlon
  • 2013: World Cup Canmore, 8th 1km sprint, 15th 5km; World Cup Cable, Wis., 4th cross-country sprint, 5th 20km, 6th 15km, 7th 12.5km and 7.5km biathlons
  • 2012: IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Final, Sochi, Russia, 4th 15km
  • 2010: Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, 7th 10km, 9th 15km; World Cup Bessan, France, 4th 1km, 6th 10km
  • 2009: U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 2nd 10km and 1km
  • 2008: IPC Cross Country World Cup standings, 16th overall; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 3rd 15km and 9km
  • 2007: World Cup Vancouver Island, British Columbia, 7th 16km, 5th sprint; IPC Cross Country World Cup standings, 11th overall
  • 2006: U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 4th 10km and 15km


U.S. Air Force veteran Sean Halsted was injured after falling 40 feet out of a helicopter, while on a fast rope during a search and rescue training exercise in 1998.  An active guy, he couldn't bear to lose sports and found Nordic skiing after attending a Veterans Administration Winter Sports Clinic in 2001. After a breakthrough at the 2007 National Championships, Halsted found a home on the World Cup circuit in 2008 when he finished 16th in the overall standings in only his first full year on the team.

Halsted's sporting interest is not limited to Nordic skiing. He enjoys sled hockey, handcycling, swimming and downhill skiing. In high school he lettered in track and cross country and in college was an all Pac-10 athlete in rowing.  He says, "it's better to be active than not to be active at all," and lives by the quote from J.R.R. Tolkien, "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Halsted would someday like to get a multi-engine pilot's license, but says that being a good dad to his three children is his top priority.