Name: Beth Requist
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Event: Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Classification: LW11, Sitting
Date of Birth: March 17, 1984
Birthplace: Ft. Collins, Colo.
Hometown: Winter Park, Colo.
Current Residence: Grand Lake, Colo.
High School: Clear Creek HS (League City, Texas) ‘02
College: Texas State University ‘06, Accounting
Coach: James Upham
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 16th 12km, 19th 1km sprint; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 2nd 6k biathlon, 3rd 10km, 4th 1km and 5km
- 2013: World Cup Cable, Wis., 3rd 15km, 3rd 1km, 5th 10km; World Cup Canmore, 8th 6k, 10km and 12.5km biathlons, 13th 10km, 14th 5km
Beth Requist proved to be a quick-study in the sport of Nordic skiing. With only two years of experience, she has already earned two world cup podiums. Requist may appear humble and reserved, but she has a fiercely competitive and fearless side too. On the anniversary of the cliff-jumping accident that left her paralyzed two and a half years ago, Requist commemorates the date by jumping even further - she goes skydiving.
Requist has been an athletic and adventurous person her whole life. Before her injury, Requist worked as a flight attendant and stayed active snowboarding, biking and running. Within weeks of leaving the hospital, she was competing in handcycling races and contacting the National Sports Center for the Disabled to find out how she could get into a sit-ski.