Sport: Alpine Skiing
Height: 5-5
Weight: 123
Classification: LW2, Standing
Date of Birth: Aug. 9, 1985
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Hometown: Aspen, Colo.
Current Residence: Aspen, Colo.
High School: Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (Toronto, Canada) ‘03
College: University of Waterloo ‘08, Computer Science
Coach: Kevin Jardine

Career Highlights

  • 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 9th super-G, 10th slalom, 14th giant slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 3rd slalom, 4th giant slalom; Huntsman Cup, 3rd slalom and giant slalom; World Cup Panorama, 8th downhill and giant slalom, 10th super combined; World Cup Copper Mountain, 8th slalom, 12th giant slalom; NorAm Aspen, 2nd downhill; NorAm Winter Park, 1st slalom and giant slalom; U.S. National Championships, 2nd downhill
  • 2013: World Cup Coronet Peak, 1st slalom, 3rd slalom; World Cup Thredbo, 3rd slalom; NorAm Copper Mountain, 2nd slalom, 3rd giant slalom; IPCAS Panorama, 4th super-G
  • 2012: Named to 2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team  
  • 2010: Paralympic Winter Games, 10th super combined (representing Team Canada)


Born in Toronto, Canada, Melanie Schwartz started skiing at a young age and began her racing career in 2007. At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, she skied in four events for Team Canada, highlighted by a 10th finish in super combined. Schwartz is a dual citizen and transitioned to the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team in 2012. She currently trains with the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club in Aspen, Colo. Schwartz, a congenital leg amputee who is also missing most of her right hip, races on one ski with two outriggers, which are similar to poles with ski tips at the bottom.

In addition to her racing career, Schwartz enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer service. At the Ontario Track 3 Ski Association, she serves as a ski instructor for children with disabilities. She also volunteered with the War Amps CHAMP (Child Amputee) program for eight years. Schwartz graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in computer science and has worked with a variety of programming languages on several platforms in both classroom and professional environments. Most recently, she worked full time as a product database specialist.