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Laurie Stephens of The Unites States of America competing in Womens Super-G Sitting at Espot 2023 FIS Para Alpine Ski World Championships, Espot, Spain, 23.01.2023 (Photo by Marcus Hartmann)
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Laurie Stephens

  • Hometown
    Wenham, Massachusetts
  • Team
    Para Alpine A
  • Years on Team
    20 (since 2005)
  • Born
  • Club(s)
    Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation
  • School:
    University of New Hampshire
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Laurie Stephens was born and raised in New England and hails from Wenham, Massachusetts. Stephens was born with spina bifida and found skiing at age 12 when she joined a group of athletes with disabilities who skied at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. This experience led her to start racing at age 15 and join Chris Devlin-Young’s New England Disabled Ski Team. In 2004 at age 20, Stephens had already become the overall and giant slalom world cup champion in her rookie season. Her first two seasons led to her being named the Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year in 2006 by the United States Olympic Committee and nominated for the 2006 ESPY for Best Athlete with a Disability. During her time on the team, Laurie has cemented herself as one of the most dominant sit skiers on the World Cup circuit. She is a five-time Paralympian, seven-time Paralympic Medalist (two gold, two silver, three bronze), and a two-time World Champion. Stephans previously held two U.S. records for para-swimming in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke. When she isn’t on the snow, Laurie loves to read and knit.

Five-time Paralympian (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022); Seven-time Paralympic medalist (2 golds, 2 silvers, 3 bronzes) Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, DNF (downhill) Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, bronze (downhill), 4th (super combined), 5th (super-G) Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, bronze (downhill, super-G), 4th (slalom), 6th (giant slalom) Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, silver (downhill), 4th (super-G), 5th (slalom, giant slalom, super combined) Paralympic Winter Games Torino 2006, gold (downhill, super-G), silver (giant slalom)
World Championships
Most recent: 2023, silver (super-G, alpine combined, giant slalom) Years of participation: 2004, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023 Medals: 18 (2 golds, 9 silvers, 7 bronzes) Gold – 2021 (giant slalom); 2013 (downhill) Silver – 2023 (super-G, alpine combined, giant slalom); 2019 (super-G, giant slalom); 2011 (super-G, downhill); 2004 (giant slalom) Bronze – 2021 (slalom); 2019 (super-G); 2015 (super combined); 2013 (super-G); 2011 (super combined)

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