shannon_bloedelThroughout her entire life, Shannon Bloedel has been a pioneer. Whether in life or in sports, she has taken to the challenge of overcoming major obstacles in stride. In doing so, she has paved the way for many to follow. Losing the use of her legs in an accident when she was 10, Bloedel knew that a disability would just be something she would have to live with, so she made the best of it. Starting at a young age, she became active in everything her friends were doing in school.

Bloedel attended the University of Washington, and it was there that she found skiing. Not just a form of recreation, Bloedel embraced skiing as her destiny. She took on the challenge of learning to ski, and before long, she had attained her goals of competing in regional and national competition. Finding much success throughout five years of competition, she was invited to be a part of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team in 1987.

Throughout her seven years on the team, she raced in national and international competitions, earning gold medals at the U.S. and Canadian National Championships in 1991. She also competed in the 1992 Winter Paralympic Games in Albertville, France, where she won a silver medal in the giant slalom. Finding herself pregnant with her rust child in 1994, she made the decision to retire from ski racing.

A current resident of Seattle, Shannon now lives at home with her husband, Troy, and their two young children, Charlotte and Michael.