Allison Jones named IPC December Athlete of the Month

Jan. 14, 2010, 12:21 p.m. (ET)

Allison Jones won the Super Combined Standing and the Super-G Standing Competition at the North American Cup in Winter Park Colorado, 17-18 December 2009.

Her great performance proves that Allison is one of the top candidates to win a gold medal at the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. It would be her second Paralympic gold medal, after her victory in the Women Slalom Standing Competition at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.  

The 25 year old was born with a deformed femur in her right leg and at 9 months old, her right foot was amputated. At the age of five, she moved from Texas to Colorado and started skiing at the National Sports Center for Disabled in Winter Park. Three years later, she joined the competitions programme. Her first appearance in the US Team was in 2000.  

Although being a professional athlete, Allison graduated from Denver University in 2007 with a degree in mechanical engineering. She was also rewarded the Pioneer Award, the highest award for an undergraduate student. Allison wants to return to university to get a masters in prosthetics and orthotics.  

Besides being a world class alpine skier, Allison is also a successful cyclist, which she proved at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games are going to mark Allison's fifth Paralympic Games appearance.  

Career Highlights:  

Silver medal in the Giant Slalom Competition at the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games
Silver medal in the Super-G Competition at the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games
Gold in the Slalom Standing Competition at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games
Silver in the Individual Time Trial Competition at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games