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Laurie Stephens

Alpine Skiing

Stephens
  • 2006
  • 2010
  • 2014

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Height: 5-0
Weight: 120
Classification: LW12-1, Sitting
Date of Birth: March 5, 1984
Birthplace: Beverly, Mass.
Hometown: Wenham, Mass.
Current Residence: Aspen, Colo.
High School: Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS (Wenham, Mass.) ‘02
College: University of New Hampshire ‘07, Therapeutic Recreation
Coach: Kevin Jardine

Career Highlights

  • 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, bronze slalom, downhill and super-G, 4th giant slalom and super combined; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st slalom and giant slalom; Huntsman Cup, 1st slalom, 2nd giant slalom; World Cup Panorama, 3rd downhill, 4th giant slalom, 5th super-G; World Cup Copper Mountain, 6th giant slalom run 1, 2nd giant slalom run 2, 6th slalom run 1 and 2; World Cup Tignes, France, 2nd downhill, 2nd super combined, 4th giant slalom; NorAm Aspen, 2nd downhill; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 2nd downhill, 3rd super-G
  • 2013: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 1st downhill, 3rd super-G; NorAm Copper Mountain, 1st super G, 2nd slalom and giant slalom
  • 2010: Paralympic Winter Games, 2nd downhill, 5th slalom and giant slalom, 4th super G; IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 2nd downhill and super G, 3rd super combined; World Cup Sestriere, 1st super G, 2nd downhill, 3rd slalom
  • 2006: Paralympic Winter Games, 1st downhill, 1st super G; Named U.S. Paralympian of the Year; ESPY Award Nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability
  • 2005: World Cup overall title in super G, giant slalom and slalom; 10 wins in 16 World Cup races
  • 2004: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, silver giant slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st super G; World Cup mono-ski overall and giant slalom champion; Won all six World Cup giant slaloms

Personal

What she lacks in physical size, Laurie Stephens produces in overpowering factors when she gets onto a race course. In 2004, she was the overall and giant slalom world cup champion as a rookie. In 2005, she won 10 of 16 world cup races in which she competed, ultimately taking the overall world cup titles in super G, giant slalom and slalom.​

Stephens earned two gold medals at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and a silver in Vancouver in 2010. She was named the USOC’s Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year in 2006 and was a 2006 ESPY Award nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

Stephens, born with spina bifida, started skiing at age 12 when a group of athletes with disabilities went to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. She turned to racing at about 15, joining Chris Devlin-Young's New England Disabled Ski Team.

Stephens' dad is an electrical and instrumentation engineer, her mom is in the food service at a local school, and her younger brother is a snowboarder. She started wheelchair racing and swimming as a youngster in the early 2000s. She held two U.S. records for disabled swimming, one in the 100-meter backstroke and one in the 200m back.

Connect
Twitter: @lauriestephens3

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