Sunday, July 9, 2017

Meet the US Paralympic Team Members

MATTHEW PIETRO of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and left active duty in 2010. He served with an Osprey squadron and in Afghanistan aboard the LHD Bataan.

Matthew lost his leg in an above knee amputation after a no fault motorcycle accident near his home in Upstate NY. Since then he has become a motivational speaker to bullied school children in local schools, a sponsored adaptive athlete traveling America and participating in obstacle course races, and a member of Team Freedom/Team Achilles diong marathons on a handcycle.

My mission in life is to spread as much motivation as possible to install the fact it does not matter how many limbs one has or mental and emotional scars, and that our dreams and goals can still be obtained.

CHRIST RASMUSSEN of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance is a Desert Storm Disabled Combat Veteran who served in the US Army for 7 years, including deployments to Iraq in 1990, Canada in 1989, and REFORGER in 1987 and 1988. Christ held a variety of positions including Tank Gunner, Unit Armorer, and Company Driver. He holds several military awards and left the service honorably in 1993. Christ is a below knee amputee and currently participates in Biathlon in Sit Ski and well as Para Cycling. Christ is expanding his Paralympic pursuits into Para Canoe and Trail Orienteering. 

I look forward to continuing my training and seeking my goals of representing the USA in both Paralympics.

CURTIS SCHREINER of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance has been involved in military land navigation for 20 years and has competed occasionally in foot and ski orienteering in the Lake Tahoe area. Trail Orienteering is new to him.

Curtis is retired from the New York Army National Guard and commanded the 29th Personnel Services detachment in Tikrit, Iraq. Curtis competed internationally in biathlon from 1984 to 2002 including three Olympic appearances. He currently coaches cross country skiing and runs biathlon races for the Saratoga Biathlon Club.

Curtis was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007. He misses competing and has been searching for something to fill that void. He hopes that Trail Orienteering will be a sport that he can successfully compete in and enjoy.

To prepare for the World Trail Orienteering Championships Curtis has studied map and control description symbols and practiced with online TrailO courses and exercises. He is looking forward to learning the sport and meeting some great people.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

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