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Sochi Paralympic: Athlete of the Day 3/5

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Meet Aaron Pike, NORDIC SKIING, Team USA!

Name: Aaron Pike
Sport: Nordic Skiing; Track & Field
Event: Nordic - Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon; Track & Field - 1500m, 500m, Marathon, 4x400m relay
Height
: 6-3
Weight
: 155
Classification
: Nordic - LW11.5, Sitting; Track & Field - T54
Date of Birth
: May 4, 1986
Birthplace
: Park Rapids, Minn.
Hometown
: Park Rapids, Minn.
Current Residence: Champaign, Ill.
High School
: Ramstein American HS (Kaiserslautern, Germany) ‘04
College
: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign '11, Sociology

Career Highlights - Nordic Skiing

  • 2014: U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 3rd 1km, 4th 10km, 5th 15km
  • 2013: World Cup Canmore, 12th 15km, 14th 12.5km biathlon and 1km; Named to U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team

Career Highlights - Track & Field

  • 2013: Twin Cities Marathon, 2nd; Chicago Marathon, 7th; New York City Marathon, 8th
  • 2012: Team member, London 2012 Paralympic Games
  • 2011: Boston Marathon, 7th; International Paralympic Committee Athletics World
  • Championships competitor; Bolder Boulder 10km, 1st
  • 2010: Twin Cities Marathon, 3rd
  • 2009: Los Angeles Marathon, 4th; Boston Marathon, 10th

Personal

Aaron Pike’s Paralympic career began not in Nordic skiing, but in wheelchair track & field at the University of Illinois-Champaign. Pike raced with the Fighting Illini alongside Paralympic phenomenon Tatyana McFadden, who will also be making her Nordic skiing debut in Sochi. Pike suffered a spinal cord injury as a teenager, but he didn’t let that slow him down for long. In 2009, he raced to a fourth-place finish at the Los Angeles Marathon in the wheelchair division and a 10th-place finish at the Boston Marathon, followed by a third-place at the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon. Pike represented Team USA at both the 2011 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships and the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Pike made the switch to winter sports after the London Games, when he was invited to a training camp by one of the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team coaches. He was nominated to the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team in May 2013, and in his debut season he earned three top-15 finishes in world cup competition. When he’s not on the slopes or the track, Pike enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with his family, whom he cites as his biggest source of strength.

by on Mar. 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM
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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM
It sure does!

Quoting kerryket:

Sounds like he's open to trying just about everything!

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM
I agree!

Quoting ScrChk23:

Wow!  That is quite a list of accomplishments!!

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM
Haha I already failed.

Quoting ScrChk23:

Just don't let it happen again.  Ok?   :)

Quoting MamaMandee:

Sorry I did not get one posted yesterday. It was my youngest birthday and I had a busy day! 

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM
What sign is that?

Quoting elasmimi:

Amazing young man, and he was born on my birthday. (so much for horoscopes, I am nothing like him!)

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM
I agree!

Quoting EmptyNestMama:

This kid is amazing!

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM
YW!

Quoting goddess99:

Thanks for sharing!

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM
She turned 6

Quoting SweetLuci:

 Happy Birthday to him, how long is he?


Quoting MamaMandee:

Sorry I did not get one posted yesterday. It was my youngest birthday and I had a busy day! 


 

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MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM
Yes he does!

Quoting SweetLuci:

 He really seems to be a go-getter.


Quoting ScrChk23:

Wow!  That is quite a list of accomplishments!!


 

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kerryket
by Bronze Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM
Me too, I think my kids are doing the same.

Quoting krys1025: Wow. Seeing stories like this makes me realize I should be willing to try more things and not be so quick to give up sometimes. So inspiring.
MamaMandee
by Silver Member on Mar. 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM
Thank you!

Quoting arpazia: Happy late birthday:)

Quoting MamaMandee:

Sorry I did not get one posted yesterday. It was my youngest birthday and I had a busy day! 

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