Sport: Alpine Skiing
Classification: LW12-1, Sitting
Date of Birth: Aug. 6, 1990
Birthplace: Burlington, Vt.
Hometown: Burlington, Vt.
Current Residence: Winter Park, Colo.
High School: Burlington HS ‘09
Coach: Kevin Jardine
- 2014: Team member, Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
- 2013: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 2nd downhill; World Cup Thredbo, 5th super-G; NorAm Kimberley, Canada, 3rd
- 2012: Huntsman Cup, Park City, Utah, 1st giant slalom; NorAm Copper Mountain, 1st giant slalom; IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, Panorama, British Columbia, 14th, 11th and 14th, super G; IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup, Winter Park, 9th and 12th giant slalom; Named to 2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team
- 2011: Named to 2011-12 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team
Stephen Lawler has never been afraid of speed. Born with L2-5 spina bifida, Lawler was 6 years old when he first tried skiing. He thought the monoski was a sled, and he went straight down the hill. Lawler went on to become the first adaptive ski racer in the state of Vermont to represent a high school ski team in competition, and his senior year he was named captain. Throughout middle and high school, Lawler also skied with the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (VASS) ski team. After high school, he moved to Colorado to train full-time through the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NCSD) in Winter Park.
Lawler has suffered recurring shoulder injuries throughout his skiing career, having missed most of the 2010 season due to surgery. He came back stronger than ever, though, working his way up through the international ranks in 2011 and 2012 and claiming his first world championship medal, a silver in downhill, in 2013. Lawler is not the only fast one in his family -- his father was a rally car racer and won the 1998 U.S. Championships.
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