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Sochi Paralympic: Athlete of the Day 3/10

Posted by on Mar. 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM
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Meet Dan Monzo, Team USA, Snowboarding!

Event: Snowboard cross
Height: 6-2
Weight: 270
Classification: Lower Limb Impairment
Date of Birth: Aug. 1, 1990
Birthplace: Orange County, N.Y.
Hometown: Glenwood, N.J.
Current Residence: Glenwood, N.J.
High School: Vernon Township HS (Vernon, N.J.) ‘08
Coach: Miah Wheeler

Career Highlights

  • 2014: World Cup La Molina, 10th run 1, 8th run 2; World Cup Copper Mountain, 11th run 1, 11th run 2; World Cup Big White, 13th run 1, 15th run 2
  • 2013: IPCAS Copper Mountain (March), 5th, IPCAS Copper Mountain (Feb.), 10th; IPCAS Twin Bridges, 13th
  • 2011: ESPN Winter X Games, 3rd
  • 2010: U.S. National Championships, 1st

Personal

Dan Monzo loved snowboarding before he lost his left leg in a dirtbike accident when he was 15-years-old. Six months after he got his prosthetic, and with only a two-foot wide path of snow, Monzo decided it was time to see how his prosthetic would do snowboarding. He cleared a jump and slid half-way down a rail. Monzo said he face planted in the mud, but stood up with a huge smile on his face because that was the moment he knew he would be able to snowboard again, and he made the decision to become a professional adaptive snowboarder.

by on Mar. 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM
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MamaMandee
by on Mar. 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Awesome he gave it a try!
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momofsixangels
by on Mar. 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

So young to have had that happen.Yet  so strong willed

MamaMandee
by on Mar. 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM
I think it is wonderful he is.

Quoting momofsixangels:

So young to have had that happen.Yet  so strong willed

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SarahSuzyQ
by Bronze Member on Mar. 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

I love that his first run with his prosthetic included a jump and a rail. This guy clearly has a lot of heart! Good luck to him!

othermom
by Silver Member on Mar. 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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That is amazing

EmptyNestMama
by on Mar. 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

This is so wonderful! Moving forward to the best of ability! Awesome!

TerriC
by on Mar. 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I can't believe after only 6 months with a prosthetic, he snowboarded.  That is awesome!

ScrChk23
by Amanda on Mar. 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I bet that was a very proud moment for him!  I'm glad he did not give up on his dream.

goddess99
by on Mar. 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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Awesome!

jessicasmom1
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

awesome I think anyone can do what they wish if only they first try

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