Name: Augusto Perez
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Event: Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Classification: LW12, Sitting
Date of Birth: Nov. 9, 1972
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Hometown: East Syracuse, N.Y.
Current Residence: East Syracuse, N.Y.
High School: Hilton Head Preparatory School (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) ‘92
College: Paul Smith's College ‘94, Liberal Arts
Coach: James Upham
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 17th 15km, 19th 12.5km biathlon, 9th 4x2.5km open relay (with Omar Bermejo, Bryan Price and Kevin Burton); U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 6th 10km and 15km, 7th 7.5km biathlon
- 2013: World Cup Canmore, 13th 12.5km biathlon, 16th 20km, 17th 15km biathlon, 18th 1km and 7.5km biathlon, 20th 10km
- 2012: World Cup Cable, Wis., 10th 12.5km biathlon, 12th 20km, 13th 1km and 15km biathlon, 14th 15km and 7.5km biathlon
- 2010: Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games , 4th (wheelchair curling)
- 2009: Adaptive Canoe World Championships, 1st 200m; U.S. Open, 1st (wheelchair curling)
- 2008: Adaptive Canoe World Championships, 1st 500m; World Wheelchair Curling Championship, 3rd; U.S. Open, 1st (wheelchair curling)
- 2006: Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, 8th (wheelchair curling)
Augusto “Goose” Perez is one of the United States’ most versatile Paralympic athletes. Perez began his Paralympic career in wheelchair curling, having competed at both the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and the Vancouver 2010 Games, where Team USA earned fourth. In 2008, he became the first wheelchair athlete to be named USA Curling Male Athlete of the Year. Perez has also competed in para-canoe and kayak, both of which will make their Paralympic Games debut at the Rio 2016 Games. Perez started Nordic skiing in 2011
Born in Madrid, Spain, Perez came to the U.S. in 1991 to play soccer for his senior year of high school. He wound up staying when he was offered a scholarship from Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York. He received his bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College (Syracuse, N.Y.), in Spanish with a minor in education. Perez has had three bouts with a rare form of cancer, which have resulted in a hip disarticulation and amputation of the left leg. Off the snow, he enjoys target shooting, soccer, table tennis, tennis, canoeing and sailing. He volunteers as a Spanish tutor for high school and middle school students, is involved in cancer fundraisers, and works with youth with physical and developmental disabilities. Perez and his wife Brenda are proud parents of twins, daughter Ainoa and son Iker.
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