Kirk Schornstein

Kirk Schornstein

 

Kirk Schornstein raced against able-bodied athletes until he was a teenager. Competing in the standing category (he has congenital paralysis of his right arm), Schornstein is a consistent top-10 IPC World Cup finisher, and was the men’s Canadian slalom champion in 2013 after battling back from a knee surgery that kept him from competing in the 2012-13 IPC World Cup circuit. At the age of 17, he had a stellar showing at the 2011 IPC world championships with four top-15 finishes.

Schornstein competed at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games with only one year’s experience on the national team. He posted three top-30 finishes in Vancouver. Schornstein also competed at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, where he posted top-15 finishes in super-G, super combined and giant slalom.

Schornstein performed exceptionally well in January 2017 at the 2017 IPC world championships in Tarvisio, Italy where he captured silver in the downhill. He also posted three other top-ten finishes including fourth-places in both the super-G and super combined. On the World Cup circuit in the 2016-17 season, Schornstein posted 10 top-10 finishes, setting himself up for success at his third Paralympic Winter Games set for PyeongChang, South Korea in March 2018.

Schornstein is a computer and mechanical whiz and helps out with the family mechanical contracting business in his hometown of Spruce Grove, Alta., when he’s not skiing.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2010 and 2014 Paralympic Games… 2011, 2015, 2017 world championships… Won first international medal at 2017 World Championships with silver in downhill…

PERSONAL

He took up Para skiing in 2001 at Snow Valley in Edmonton… Born with a brachial plexus injury that led to Erb's palsy and caused paralysis of his right arm…. Underwent surgery on his right knee in 2012 to repair some loose cartilage.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – downhill – 2nd

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – Super G – 4th

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – super combined 4th

2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – slalom– 6th

2015 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – slalom – 5th

2015 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – downhill – 7th

2015 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – super combined – 9th

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – super combined – 12th

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – Super G – 13th

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – giant slalom – 13th

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – slalom – 16th

2011 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – downhill – 12th

2011 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – Super G – 13th

2011 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – super combined – 13th

2011 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – giant slalom – 14th

2011 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships – slalom – 16th

2010 Paralympic Winter Games – Super G – 26th

2010 Paralympic Winter Games – slalom – 25th

2010 Paralympic Winter Games – giant slalom – 25th

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Downhill - Standing - Men 15
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super G - Standing - Men 13
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom - Standing - Men 13
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Slalom - Standing - Men 16
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super Combined - Standing - Men 12
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Super G - Standing - Men 26
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom - Standing - Men 25
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Alpine Skiing Slalom - Standing - Men 25