Matt Hallat, para-alpine skiing

Matt Hallat has represented Canada for more than a decade on the world scene. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

One of the most experienced athletes on the team, Matt Hallat is a two-time Paralympian with more than a decade of experience representing Canada on the world stage. Hallat had his leg amputated at age five due to Ewing’s sarcoma and races in the men’s standing category – one of the most competitive on the para-alpine circuit.

He recently battled back from a 2012 knee injury and in 2013 earned his first two IPC World Cup podiums; a particularly
sweet victory for an athlete who has been in the top 10 almost 20 times. Hallat, who was born in Vancouver and grew up in Coquitlam, B.C., is the 2011 Canadian champion in giant slalom and slalom and has represented Canada at three world championships.

Sochi is Hallat’s third Paralympic Winter Games, having competed in both 2006 and 2010.

His best Paralympic result to date is 11th in downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. Hallat lists struggling with results in front of a home crowd in Vancouver as one of his worst moments in ski racing, and is eager for redemption in Russia.

The 29-year-old is an all-round sportsman, and spends much of his time in the mountains mountain biking and working on his single-digit handicap on the golf course.