Published on March 7th, 2014 | by mpower
Biathlon Feature: Say ‘Aloha’ to Jeremy Wagner
Most winter sports athletes don’t say “hello” and “goodbye” with an enthusiastic “Aloha!”. And most elite athletes possess some degree of athletic experience before deciding to pursue the Paralympic Movement. But Jeremy Wagner is not your typical elite athlete. Not only is he the only native Hawaiian to participate in U.S. Paralympics biathlon and cross-country skiing, but Wagner also never even competed in sports as a youth.
Jeremy Wagner joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 2000. Just after returning from a tour in Iraq in 2007, Wagner was in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed below the waist due to spinal cord injury. It was in his rehabilitation where he discovered nordic skiing.
In 2014, at the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, Jeremy placed first in the 1 kilometer and third in the 7.5 kilometer biathlon.
To learn more about Jeremy’s story and his expectations in Sochi, read more of Scottie Bibb’s, of TeamUSA.org, interview here.
Photo credited to James Netz