Name: Mark Bathum
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event(s): Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Super Combined
Classification: B2, Visually-impaired
Height: 5-8
Weight: 170
DOB: 10/1/1958
Birthplace: Seattle, Wash.
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
High School: Mercer Island High School (Mercer Island, Wash.) ‘77
College: University of Washington '81, Finance and Marketing; UCLA '86, MBA
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2010, 2014, 2018); Three-time medalist (3 silver)
  • 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, silver (super-G, super combined), 4th (slalom), 5th (downhill)
  • 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games, silver (downhill), 4th (super-G)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – 7th (super combined), 8th (giant slalom)
  • Years of Participation: 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Medals: 1 (1 silver)
  • Silver: 2015 (downhill)
Personal: Bathum began skiing at the age of nine, and just three years later discovered his passion for ski racing. Bathum has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that causes a loss of all peripheral vision; his vision began to worsen after high school. Driven by his friends’ success in racing, Bathum decided to dedicate his time and energy to racing by enrolling at Mission Ridge Racing Academy, one of the first skiing academies in the Northwest. He took a long hiatus from skiing after high school, as he attended college and spent several years living in Europe and Los Angeles. He returned to slopes in time to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010...Named Best Male Paralympian of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games by the United States Olympic Committee...Skied at the junior national level as the number one seed while growing up...Son of Marjorie Bathum...Has two brothers, Randal and Dale...Grew up water skiing and sailing on a lake...Hobbies include investing and studying the financial markets, following politics, reading and cooking...Was once a private pilot.