Name: Laurie Stephens
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event(s): Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Super Combined
Classification: LW12-1, Sitting
Height: 5-0
Weight: 120
DOB: 3/5/1984
Birthplace: Beverly, Mass.
Hometown: Wenham, Mass.
High School: Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School (Wenham, Mass.) ‘02
College: University of New Hampshire ‘07, Therapeutic Recreation
Paralympic Experience
  • Four-time Paralympian (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018); Seven-time medalist (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)
  • PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (downhill), 4th (super combined), 5th (super-G)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (downhill, super-G), 4th (slalom), 6th (giant slalom)
  • Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, silver (downhill), 4th (super-G), 5th (slalom, giant slalom, super combined)
  • Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, gold (downhill, super-G), silver (giant slalom)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – 4th (super-G), 5th (super combined, slalom), 6th (giant slalom)
  • Years of Participation: 2004, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Medals: 7 (1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
  • Gold: 2013 (downhill)
  • Silver: 2011 (super-G, downhill), 2004 (giant slalom)
  • Bronze: 2015 (super combined), 2013 (super-G), 2011 (super combined)
Personal: What she lacks in physical size, Stephens produces in overpowering factors when she gets onto a race course. She was born with spina bifida and started skiing at age 12 when a group of athletes with disabilities went to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. She turned to racing at about 15, joining Chris Devlin-Young's New England Disabled Ski Team. By 2004, she was the overall and giant slalom world cup champion as a rookie. Stephens continued to make her mark in the sport, securing a spot on her first Paralympic Winter Games Team in 2006 ...Named Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year in 2006 by the United States Olympic Committee...Was a 2006 ESPY Award nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability...She previously held two U.S. records for Para swimming, one in the 100-meter backstroke and one in the 200 backstroke...Daughter of John and Donna Stephens...Has one brother, Scott...Hobbies include reading and knitting.