Andrea Bundon, alpine guide

Andrea Bundon began guiding for para-alpine skiing in 2009. She will be the guide for Margarita Gorbounova at the Sochi Paralympics. (Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Andrea Bundon is a two-sport star who excels in rowing and cross country skiing. Five years ago, she jumped at an opportunity to be a nordic ski guide for Courtney Knight, who has a visual impairment. At the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Knight and Bundon reached the semifinals and placed eighth in the classic sprint race.

At the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Bundon will be guiding Margarita Gorbounova. They started racing together in the 2012-13 season. Last year they raced a couple of NorAms in Canada, the Canadian Nationals and a cross country and biathlon IPC World Cup in Wisconsin.

Bundon, 28, is also an outstanding academic with a Bachelor of Applied Science in biomechanics from the University of Calgary, a Masters of Art in sport sociology from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the School of Kinesiology from UBC. Her PhD was a project researching the use of blogging and social media within the Paralympic Movement.

In January 2014, Bundon moved to England to start a one year postdoctoral fellowship (research position) at the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport at Loughborough University. Her research in the UK is a look at the sport experiences of youth with disabilities in the wake of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

As a rower, her highlights include an eighth place finish at the 2010 World University Championships and two silver medals at the 2010 national university championships. She still rows competitively at select meets.