Sport: Alpine Skiing
Classification: LW12-1, Sitting
Date of Birth: March 5, 1984
Birthplace: Beverly, Mass.
Hometown: Wenham, Mass.
Current Residence: Aspen, Colo.
High School: Hamilton-Wenham Regional HS (Wenham, Mass.) ‘02
College: University of New Hampshire ‘07, Therapeutic Recreation
Coach: Kevin Jardine
- 2014: World Cup Panorama, 3rd downhill, 4th giant slalom, 5th super-G; World Cup Copper Mountain, 6th giant slalom run 1, 2nd giant slalom run 2, 6th slalom run 1 and 2; World Cup Tignes, France, 2nd downhill, 2nd super combined, 4th giant slalom; NorAm Aspen, 2nd downhill; U.S. National Championships, 2nd downhill, 3rd super-G
- 2013: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 1st downhill, 3rd super-G; NorAm Copper Mountain, 1st super G, 2nd slalom and giant slalom
- 2010: Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, 2nd downhill, 5th slalom and giant slalom, 4th super G; IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 2nd downhill and super G, 3rd super combined; World Cup Sestriere, 1st super G, 2nd downhill, 3rd slalom
- 2006: Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, 1st downhill, 1st super G; Named U.S. Paralympian of the Year; ESPY Award Nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability
- 2005: World Cup overall title in super G, giant slalom and slalom; 10 wins in 16 World Cup races
- 2004: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, silver giant slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st super G; World Cup mono-ski overall and giant slalom champion; Won all six World Cup giant slaloms
What she lacks in physical size, Laurie Stephens produces in overpowering factors when she gets onto a race course. In 2004, she was the overall and giant slalom world cup champion as a rookie. In 2005, she won 10 of 16 world cup races in which she competed, ultimately taking the overall world cup titles in super G, giant slalom and slalom.
Stephens earned two gold medals at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and a silver in Vancouver in 2010. She was named the USOC’s Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year in 2006 and was a 2006 ESPY Award nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
Stephens, born with spina bifida, started skiing at age 12 when a group of athletes with disabilities went to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. She turned to racing at about 15, joining Chris Devlin-Young's New England Disabled Ski Team.
Stephens' dad is an electrical and instrumentation engineer, her mom is in the food service at a local school, and her younger brother is a snowboarder. She started wheelchair racing and swimming as a youngster in the early 2000s. She held two U.S. records for disabled swimming, one in the 100-meter backstroke and one in the 200m back.