National team rookie Logan Leach and his guide Julien Petit competed at the two first World Cup stops in the 2021-22 season. They accumulated eight top-10 results in the visually impaired category, their best result a fifth in slalom at the second stop in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Leach began alpine skiing in 2010, shortly after his Stargardt disease diagnosis, with SilverStar Adaptive Snow Sports and the Vernon Ski Club.
From there, he went to Colorado and won three gold medals in the USA/Canada Para alpine nationals. Leach was the first skier with a disability to join the Snow Sport Academy, blazing a trail for others to follow. He was named to the B.C. Para-Alpine Development program with B.C. Adaptive Snowsports in 2017.
In 2019, Leach won silver at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, his first major competition, missing a gold medal by just a sixth of a second. That same year a benefit concert for Leach was held in his hometown of Lumby, B.C., to help him finance trips to national prospect camps.
In 2020, Leach was recruited to join Alpine Canada’s Para alpine NextGen program.
2021-22 World Cup… In 2021, named finalist for Athlete with a Disability of the Year for Sport BC… Silver at the 2019 Canada Games… Presented with an Athletic Excellence Award at the 2020 PacificSport Okanagan Community Sport Hero Awards in Kelowna, B.C…
Diagnosed with Stargardt disease… He tried alpine skiing after being unable to play hockey because of his visual impairment…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2022 Paralympic Winter Games slalom 5th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games super combined 6th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games Super G 7th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games downhill 9th