Sport: Alpine Skiing
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Classification: LW2, Standing
Date of Birth: Sept. 23, 1993
Birthplace: Hartford, Conn.
Hometown: Columbia, Conn.
Current Residence: Columbia, Conn.
High School: Lyman Memorial HS (Lebanon, Conn.) ‘11
College: Colby-Sawyer College ‘17, Environmental Science
Coach: Kevin Jardine

Career Highlights

  • 2014: Paralympic Winter Games competitor, slalom; World Cup Copper Mountain, 15th slalom, 21st giant slalom; NorAm Winter Park, 7th giant slalom; Huntsman Cup, 5th giant slalom
  • 2013: NorAm Copper Mountain, 16th slalom, 18th giant slalom, 22nd super-G
  • 2012: World Cup Winter Park, 5th slalom; 16th giant slalom; NorAm Winter Park, 2nd slalom, 3rd giant slalom, 6th super-G; NorAm Copper Mountain, 6th giant slalom, 8th super-G run 1, 10th super-G run 2; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st slalom, 8th super-G
  • 2011: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st slalom; Named to U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team


Pat Parnell has always been an active person, and growing up as an amputee nearly all of his life, he has never let that hold him back. Parnell was competing in a mountain bike race with his father when he first saw a sign for an adaptive ski program at Mount Snow in Vermont. He asked his dad to bring him back to the mountain in winter. Parnell was racing locally by the age of 13 and made his first national team when he was just a college freshman.

Parnell attends Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., where he is the first Paralympic skier to race with the Chargers ski team. Parnell is a technical specialist, as he owns the 2012 national championship title in slalom and earned a top-15 finish in slalom world cup competition this year.