jim_martinsonIn 1968 while serving in Vietnam, Jim sustained injuries that resulted in the loss of both legs. His enterprising spirit and love of sports led him to become a crusader for the physically disabled.

Jim has participated in many competitions including the Boston Marathon and Paralympic Games. A three-sport Paralympian, he won a gold as part of the amputee Paralympic basketball team, as well as four gold medals and one silver for racing. Jim also won multiple medals for skiing, including a gold medal in the men’s mono ski downhill division in the 1992 Games. His competitions include the U.S. and Canadian Nationals where he won multiple gold and silver medals for skiing.

One of Jim’s most significant contributions to disabled skiing was his innovative work on the mono ski. In 1985, he developed the first mono ski that used a mono shock. The mono ski he developed allowed individuals with disabilities to ski and get on and off the chair lift independently.

He began “Magic in Motion” as a sports wheelchair company that developed many sports products for the disabled. Through his company, he has marketed and sold the mono ski all over the country. In 1986, Jim took his Shadow mono ski and traveled from ski area to ski area, teaching ski schools how to use the new technology. He met with mountain managers and ski patrols about how the product would work at their resorts. His mission was to help educate people about the possibilities for disabled athletes.

Jim has traveled to six countries and numerous ski areas across the United States coaching and encouraging other disabled athletes. He has been a role model and inspiration. Now semi-retired he skis three to four days a week and is always encouraging others to try the sport, and helping whenever possible.