Joel Hunt

U.S.A. National Team Adaptive Skier, Olympian | Denver, Colorado

After a road-side blast in Iraq left Army veteran Joel Hunt with a severe traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and no ability to control or feel his legs, he returned home helpless and confined to a wheelchair. Despite taking 15 different medications a day, Joel continually suffered bouts of dizziness, blackouts and double vision. Nearly a year later, with the unwavering support of his parents, Joel begrudgingly learned to ski for the first time at a ski camp for veterans. By the end of the following season Joel was ranked in the top 10 adaptive skiers nationally. He earned a silver medal while representing the U.S. in the Canadian Nationals and recently competed in the World Cup and Sochi Olympics as an adaptive skier. Although Joel continues to remain challenged by his traumatic brain injury and paralysis in his left leg, he is currently ranked 3rd in the country and 34th in the world. Skiing has provided Joel with the chance to rehabilitate his body through hard work and determination and he hopes to inspire other with disabilities as he works towards his goal of becoming the best skier in the world. Read more about Joel at www.teamusa.org