The Sochi Paralympics will be the third consecutive Games for multi-talented athlete Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ont. She competed in Para-nordic skiing at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games and Para-cycling at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where she won a gold medal with pilot (guide) Lyne Bessette.
Weldon is back on the trails for Sochi, determined to win her first Winter Paralympic Games medal. She had a major setback in her preparation in August 2013 during a cycling training session in Matane, Que., when she and her pilot were hit by a car; Weldon broke her collarbone, shoulder blade and five vertebrae.
An active participant in numerous sports, Weldon, 38, first started out on downhill skis at age three, eventually becoming an alpine racer and ski instructor.
At the age of 15, Weldon was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a genetic form of macular degeneration affecting central vision. At Mohawk College in Brantford, Ont., she was introduced to two sports for the blind: goalball and power lifting, and went on to set national and world records in the squat, bench press and deadlift in 1995-96.
In 2002, she decided to take on a new challenge: Para-nordic skiing. She won gold and silver World Cup medals during the 2013-2014 season.
Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee