Kirk Schornstein raced against able-bodied athletes until he was a teenager. Competing in the standing category (he has congenital paralysis of his right arm), Schornstein is a consistent top-10 IPC World Cup finisher, and was the men’s Canadian slalom champion in 2013 after battling back from a knee surgery that kept him from competing in the 2012-13 IPC World Cup circuit. At the age of 17, he had a stellar showing at the 2011 IPC world championships with four top-15 finishes.
Schornstein competed at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games with only one year’s experience on the national team. He posted three top-30 finishes in Vancouver, and is now looking to draw on four additional years of experience while competing at the Sochi Paralympic Games.
Schornstein is a computer and mechanical whiz and helps out with the family mechanical contracting business in his hometown of Spruce Grove, Alta., when he’s not skiing.
(Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)