Andy Soule named IPC January Athlete of the Month

By International Paralympic Committee | Feb. 09, 2015, 12:17 p.m. (ET)

The USA’s Andrew Soule has been voted the Allianz Athlete of the Month for January 2015 after a record breaking performance at the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships.

On home snow in Cable,Wisconsin, Soule made history by winning the most ever medals by a US athlete at a Nordic Skiing World Championships, claiming three silver and two bronze medals.

The 34-year-old sit skier won silver in the 7.5km and 12.5km biathlon races as well as the 10km cross-country. In cross-country he also picked up bronze in the 1km sprint and the 15km races.

To win the poll, Soule claimed 37 percent of the public vote to just edge out British snowboarder Ben Moore with 34 percent. Moore has been in top form this year and won the first ever snowboard-cross head-to-head race in Aspen, Colorado. He secured his second World Cup win in the discipline in the upper-limb impairment class days later in Big White, Canada.

Also nominated in January’s poll were Dutch wheelchair tennis player Jiske Griffioen, Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kononova who won six world titles at Cable 2015, Norwegian sailor Bjornar Erikstad and the French Nordic skiing relay team.