Name: Jesse Keefe
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event(s): Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Super Combined
Classification: LW4, Standing
Height: 5-7
DOB: 3/26/2004
Birthplace: Ketchum, Idaho
Hometown: Bellevue, Idaho
High School: Sun Valley Community School (Sun Valley, Idaho) ‘22
Team/Club: Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
Coach(es): Gladys Weidt
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2022)
  • Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, 9th (slalom), 15th (super combined, giant slalom), 22nd (downhill)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2023 - 16th (downhill)
  • Years of Participation: 2021, 2023
  • Top Finish: 2023 - 11th (alpine combined)
  • Other Finishes: 2023 - 11th (alpine combined), 16th (downhill), 20th (super-G); 2021 – 19th (Super-G), 22nd (downhill), 23rd (Super Combined), 26th (Giant Slalom)
Personal: Having grown up in a passionate skiing family and an active ski town, Jesse found himself in skis at just two years of age. At seven years old he joined the Sun Valley Ski Education race team....Jesse was born without an ankle bone in his right leg. At 11 months old he had his foot amputated. ...Son of Krista Gehrke and Matt Keefe. ...Jesse has a sister called Samantha Keefe. ...Jesse enjoys mountain biking, camping and basically, anything outdoors. ...Jesse won his first race at just three years old (at his local Kindercup) and his most memorable sporting moment was winning the 2021 US National Giant Slalom, Slalom and placing 3rd in the Super-G....Speed is his favorite thing about alpine skiing. ...In three words Jesse would describe himself as funny, kind and adventurous. ...Jesse is a big animal lover. He has his dogs (Cody and Finn), cat (June Bug) and Leopard Gekko (Nikko).