Connor Hogan grew up skiing. In fact, he has been on skis since he was three years old and was skiing independently by the age of five. But before he turned two, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy which affected the frontal lobe of his brain, resulting in him not having a full range of motion on the right side of his body. That never stopped him.
“Both my parents were ski instructors so I was there anyway,” he said of his days skiing in Bromley, Vermont. He did tried other sports, including baseball and soccer. “They really didn’t work for me.”
At just seven years old, he entered his first competition in Windham, New York, one of the Diana Golden series races. “I didn’t do well. But it got me hooked and I have been competing for 13 years now.”
In 2009, Hogan participated in his first Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) event. Two years later Hogan was named to DSUSA’s E-Team, which is designed to support and empower emerging youth athletes (ages 13-24) with disabilities who are training competitively in sports that are featured in the summer and winter Paralympic games.
The Massachusetts native continues to work hard on his skiing. Hogan recently returned home after spending the past two years in Colorado and recently got reclassified which has helped. “I’ve had a good season so far,” he said.
During the season, the alpine skier spends four days on the slopes, splitting it 50-50 with two days of drills (working on fundamentals) and two days on gates. He also spends three days a week in the gym. “I am focused on the details.”
In the offseason he works out five days a week. “I try to change up my workout by riding bikes and other activities. He also works at a summer camp near Boston.
Hogan will be heading to the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, competing in Alpine GS and Slalom in the 91 Category. “For me, going this year is more about experience and growing from it in preparation for 2022.” We indeed expect to see the 20 year old in more Paralympics in the future.