Sport: Alpine Skiing
Classification: LW3, Standing
Date of Birth: Feb. 21, 1971
Birthplace: Denver, Colo.
Hometown: Littleton, Colo.
Current Residence: Littleton, Colo.
High School: Chatfield Senior HS (Littleton, Colo.) '89
College: Arapahoe Community College
Coach: Kevin Jardine
Military Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Military Rank: Sergeant
Military Status: Retired
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games competitor, super-G, giant slalom and slalom; World Cup Copper Mountain, 18th giant slalom run 1, 23rd giant slalom run 2; World Cup Panorama, 24th super-G; NorAm Winter Park, 4th slalom, 5th giant slalom run 1 and 2; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st downhill
- 2013: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 11th slalom; World Cup Thredbo, 3rd giant slalom, 4th slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st super-G
- 2012: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st downhill and super-G; Named to 2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National B Team
Before getting involved in the Paralympic Movement, Jonathan Lujan served in the Marine Corps for more than eight and a half years, initially from 1993-97 and again after the September 11, 2001, attacks from 2001-2006. During a mission in Iraq in 2003, Lujan ruptured two discs in his back. The surgery to repair the discs in 2005 damaged Lujan’s spinal cord, causing temporary loss of feeling and movement below his waist. Though he is able to walk, he has permanent nerve damage and paralysis in his lower legs that restrict his movement and have left him with no feeling below his knees.
Lujan turned to ski racing in 2008 when fellow wounded veteran Nick Orchowiski recommended the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (NDVWSC) based in Snowmass Village, Colo. Lujan progressed quickly, joining the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club in the spring of 2011 as part of the U.S. Paralympic Developmental Program. By July 2012, he had made the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National B Team roster.
Lujan served as the flag bearer for Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. He also serves as a role model for future Paralympians, children with disabilities, and injured servicemen and women as a Paralympic Ambassador. In addition, he remains a mentor for veterans currently training at the NDVWSC.
Lujan is a Littleton, Colo., native and a graduate of Chatfield Senior High School, where he was on the football, wrestling and track teams. Though he did not ski competitively until after his injury, Lujan has been an avid skier since childhood and has spent many of his winters on the mountain in Winter Park, Colo.
Gallery: Flag Day 2015
Annemarie Blanco June 14, 2015
In celebration of the 238th annual flag day, here's a look back at some great moments with the stars and stripes at the Paralympic Games.
Photo Gallery: U.S. Paralympic military athletes visit with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
May 11, 2015
Military veteran athletes visit the nation's capital to meet with the Secretary of Defense
Adaptive Spirit and the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team Celebrate '20 Years Remarkable'
Caryn Maconi April 24, 2015
Milestone event raises record $1.6 million for U.S. Paralympic ski and snowboard athletes
12 Times Team USA Met The President
Feb. 16, 2015
Celebrate Presidents Day by looking back at 12 times Olympic and Paralympic athletes met the president.
What's Next For Team USA Athletes After Sochi?
Amy Rosewater April 08, 2014
Not far removed from Winter Games in Sochi, U.S. athletes ponder future
Michelle Obama: Dan Cnossen Lost Legs But Not His ‘Fighting Spirit’
Amy Rosewater April 04, 2014
At visit to White House, First Lady Michelle Obama praises Sochi Paralympian
Gallery: Team USA Visits The White House
April 03, 2014
The President and First Lady congratulated athletes on a job well done at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
2014 Paralympics | Alpine Skiing | Men's Giant Slalom 1st Run - Standing Highlights
March 15, 2014
2014 Paralympics | Alpine Skiing | Men's Giant Slalom Run 1 - Standing
March 15, 2014
2014 Paralympics | Alpine Skiing | Men's Slalom Standing Run 1
March 13, 2014