MONTE MEIER

Paralympic Ski Legend
Monte Meier

MONTE MEIER

Paralympic Ski Legend

Biography

Monte Meier nearly retired after the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games. But, feeling like he was still at the top of his game, Meier came back and competed in his fourth Games in Torino in 2006; Vancouver marked his fifth Paralympic Winter Games.

Meier collected podium finishes in three out of four disciplines at the 2008 National Championships (Super G, giant slalom, slalom) and was a consistent presence in the top-15 during the 2007-2008 World Cup season.

Meier wasn’t a skier when he lost his right leg in a garden-tilling accident at age 8. However, he did start skiing the next winter and after graduating from high school, where wrestling was his favorite sport and skiing was a part time activity. He then joined the racing program at Afton Alps. He’s a three-tracker – one leg and outriggers (skis on the bottom of his poles). After winning three medals at the 1992 Canadian Nationals, he was named to the ‘93 Ski Team. He picked off his first Paralympic medal the next year (bronze, slalom in Lillehammer).

In addition to ski racing, Meier enjoys biking, golfing, fishing and bow hunting.

  • 5 Time Paralympian, reached podium 5 times
  • Gold Medal in Nagano
  • S. Disabled Ski Team for 19 years
  • Medaled in 14 World Championships
  • S. National title 11 times
  • In 2012, inducted into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Game
  • Flag bearer, closing ceremonies, Vancouver games