Tyler Mosher

Tyler Mosher

 

Tyler Mosher, a walking paraplegic, is a Vancouver 2010 Paralympian in para-nordic skiing, the 2009 world champion in para-snowboard and 2014 Paralympian for para-snowboard. In Sochi he took 12th spot in the men’s snowboard cross.

After a spinal cord injury while snowboarding on Dec. 30, 2000 left him 40% paralyzed below the waist, Mosher learned to walk again over the next two years. Although initially not being able to walk in the deep snow of his hometown of Whistler, B.C., he began to cross country ski and participate in yoga as a form of rehabilitation to improve his quality of life through sports and healthy living. Around this time, Mosher also helped develop snowboarding for people with a disability both in Canada and around the world.

By 2005, Mosher was back on a snowboard, proving anything is possible if you are willing to try your best, ask for help when needed and keep a positive outlook on life.

In 2007, para-snowboard became a national team sport and since then Mosher has won a world championship title, many World Cups, national titles and participated in the first X Games snowboard cross for standing athletes.

Mosher won the first Adaptive Snowboard World Cup in 2008 and was a founding board member of the Whistler Adaptive Sport Program. He placed fourth at the Winter Adaptive X Games, Aspen, USA in 2011.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Para-snowboarding was included in the Paralympic Games for the first time in Sochi, 2014.

It was officially added in May 2012 after years of effort on the part of Canada Snowboard and the rest of the snowboarding community.

PERSONAL

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: Played football and rugby most of his life. Took up snow sports after university and was paralyzed while snowboarding on Dec. 30, 2000. Started cross country skiing as a means of rehabilitation and was back on a snowboard in 2005.

ODDS AND ENDS: Mosher is the only athlete on the Canadian para-snowboard team headed to Sochi with previous Paralympic Games experience, as he raced on the para-nordic team at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games… has completed several cross country skiing loppet marathons, including all three Birkebeiners in 2011 over five weeks, something only a handful of people in the world have done… designs landscapes and owns a landscape business, www.gardenersyard.com, that builds his designs from Vancouver to Whistler… is also a motivational speaker.

ROLE MODEL: Mosher has been a leader and driving force in the para-snowboard movement. He says: “The perseverance of Terry Fox inspires me to be an example of what can be.”

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Snowboard Snowboard Cross - Men 12
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 1 x 4km + 2 x 5km Relay - Men 7