This Paralympic wonder teen has overcome major odds to become one of the best para-skiers on earth. Arthur Bauchet is just 17, and he’s already crushing the competition.
Arthur was born with hereditary spastic paraplegia — a spinal condition that affects his legs, causing weakness and fatigue, as well as involuntary tremors. Managing his condition with his skiing career has been the challenge of a lifetime.
“I also have problem with balance, and a lot of stiffness in my legs that handicaps me for skiing, and really in my everyday life, where I have to do physiotherapy and a lot of things — especially intense treatments — to be able to have a somewhat normal life.” Bauchet explained.
But when he’s out on the slopes, none of that matters because he’s totally enamored with the sport. He made his professional debut in 2017 and had a rookie year to remember, winning two golds and one silver in the standing category at the World Championships. Now he has his sights set on Pyeongchang. He will be one of the youngest medalists is recent Paralympic history.
He stated, “I will try to give it all I have during these games, and I hope it will be ok.”