Introducing Kirk Schornstein, Team ATB Para-alpine athlete
Edmonton's Kirk Schornstein hasn't let a lifelong physical challenge get in his way. Schornstein was born with a brachial plexus injury, resulting in Erb's Palsy, or upper limb paralysis of his right arm. But since the age of two, Kirk has been on skis.
It wasn't until Schornstein was 14 when he was introduced to para-ski racing at a NorAm event in Kimberly, BC, where he earned his first bronze medal in the Super G. The following year, Schornstein won the gold medal in the Giant Slalom at the Canadian Championships, and in 2010, he represented Canada at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, finishing 25th in the Giant Slalom and 26th in the Super G.
"In order to win, you have to push yourself," says Schornstein. "You don't know if you're going to crash, so you push yourself over your comfort limit. If I crash, I crash. But if I win, it was a good day and I scared myself. I've scared myself a few times."
Schornstein has since become a regular top-10 finisher on the World Cup circuit. He competed in five events in Sochi, posting his best finish (12th) in Super Combined – Standing.
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