Monica Bascio

A lifetime athlete, Monica Bascio is a four-time Paralympian in the sports of cycling and Nordic skiing. A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Bascio incurred a spinal cord injury during a skiing accident that caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down. After earning a degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University, she began competing in handcycling and in 2002, moved to Colorado where she added cross-country skiing and biathlon to her training. During her 16-year career, Bascio competed at the 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Paralympic Games where she won two silver medals in cycling. She was named the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year in 2013 after her final cycling season. In addition to her Paralympic medals, she also was crowned world champion five times in cycling and won five world cup medals in Nordic skiing. She’s also won the Sadler's Alaska Challenge - “toughest handcycle race in the world” - five times and was a torchbearer for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

An occupational therapist, Monica works with adults with mental health and severe chronic illness, as well as supporting those with physical disabilities through rehabilitation. She currently sits on the IPC Athletes' Council, where she works to be a voice and an advocate for Paralympic athletes all over the world and is vice president of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association – Colorado chapter. In 2018, Bascio was appointed to the IOC Athlete's Entourage Commission, and was also invited to serve on the Adaptive Spirit board of directors. She currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and U.S. Paralympics Cycling director, Ian Lawless, and their son Henry.