Road To The Olympic Games

Faces of Tomorrow

Derek Zaplotinsky

Derek Zaplotinsky initially began cross country skiing as a form of alternate training for cycling.
Derek Zaplotinsky

National Sport Federation: Cross Country Canada

Sport Discipline: Paralympic Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon

Event: All distances Cross-Country and Biathlon

Hometown: Smokey Lake, AB

Date of Birth: 04-Apr-85

Coach: Bjorn Taylor

Twitter Handle: @That_guy_216


"My dream is to be a medalist at the 2018 Paralympic Games."

What is the best thing about your sport?

"I enjoy the physical challenge and my competitive drive pushes me to work hard. I attribute my good health to the active life style I live."

What is special about your coach?

"I have a great relationship and feel very comfortable discussing all aspects of my training with him. He's also able to not only coach me in skiing but also biathlon."

What are some of your hobbies?

"I enjoy hand cycling, boating, sledding and hunting."