Name: Reid Pletcher
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Event: Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Classification: Guide for Jake Adicoff
Date of Birth: Sept. 28, 1988
Birthplace: Sun Valley, Idaho
Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho
Current Residence: Ketchum, Idaho
High School: Wood River HS (Hailey, Idaho) ‘07
College: University of Colorado at Boulder ‘12, Finance/Real Estate
Coach: James Upham
Reid Pletcher was a four-year member of the Nordic skiing team at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he became just the third American-born racer to win an NCAA individual classical national title in March 2011. He raced his first world cup season in sprint events at just 18 years old, one of the youngest American males to qualify and race at that level. In May 2011, however, Pletcher was involved in a rock climbing accident that resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury. He was out of competition for seven months, but recovered in time to compete in his senior collegiate season and return to the world cup circuit. Pletcher has represented Team USA at two Junior World Championships and was ranked top-five in the country last season. He was shooting for his own Olympics berth, but just four days before the U.S. national championships, he stopped racing completely due to a chemical imbalance of the brain that was negatively affecting his results.
Pletcher, however, has returned to elite racing for the 2013-14 season, this time as a sighted guide for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation teammate Jake Adicoff. Pletcher also works as a coach at SVSEF. He is just as adventurous off the snow, as he was also a member of the CU club cycling team, one of the top collegiate club programs in the country. Pletcher also enjoys rock and ice climbing, kayaking, telemark skiing, fire dancing and playing the guitar.