Sport: Alpine Skiing
Height: 6-5
Weight: 240
Classification: LW11, Sitting
Date of Birth: Aug. 20, 1968
Birthplace: Seward, Alaska
Hometown: Juneau, Alaska
Current Residence: Juneau, Alaska
High School: La Grande HS (La Grande, Ore.) ‘87
Coach: Kevin Jardine

Career Highlights

  • 2014: Team member, Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games; NorAm Aspen, 6th downhill; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 6th downhill
  • 2012: NorAm Copper Mountain, 8th super-G; NorAm Winter Park, 13th super-G
  • 2010: Paralympic Winter Games competitor, downhill; IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, 1st overall downhill
  • 2006: Paralympic Winter Games, 28th super-G, 37th giant slalom
  • 2005: IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, 1st downhill
  • 2004: World Cup, 1st super-G, 4th downhill
  • 2002: Paralympic Winter Games, 6th downhill and super-G
  • 2000: World Cup, 1st downhill, 7th super-G
  • 1999: World Cup Breckenridge, 1st downhill


Joe Tompkins was a recreational skier before becoming paralyzed in a 1988 car crash. In 1996 he enrolled in Winter Park's disabled ski program and three mono-ski classes at Vail run by retired Paralympians Chris Waddell and Sarah Will. Tompkins was their first "graduate" to make the United States Disabled Alpine Men’s Ski Team in 1999, just in time to win the downhill at the inaugural World Cup in Breckenridge, Colo.

After Worlds, Tompkins went on to compete in the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games. In 2004 he continued to race well on the world cup circuit, taking home gold in super-G and then earning another victory in downhill at the 2005 World Cup Finals. Sochi will mark Tompkins’ fourth appearance at the Paralympic Winter Games, as he also competed in Torino in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.

When he’s not training, Tompkins works as an assistant baseball coach at Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau. He is a car enthusiast and enjoys fishing and playing golf.