Sport: Alpine Skiing Height: 5-4 Weight: 110 Classification: LW12-2, Sitting Date of Birth: Aug. 29, 1969 Birthplace: Ames, Iowa Hometown: Park City, Utah Current Residence: Park City, Utah High School: Quaker Valley (Sewickley, Pa.) HS ‘87 College: University of Southern California ‘92, Film Studies Coach: Marcel Kunonen, Kevin Jardine
2014: World Cup Copper Mountain, 4th giant slalom; U.S. National Championships, 2nd super-G
2013: World Cup Coronet Peak, 1st slalom run 1 and 2; World Cup Mt. Hutt, 1st super-G and super combined; World Cup Thredbo, 1st giant slalom run 1 and 2, 1st slalom; NorAm Copper Mountain, 2nd super G, 3rd super G, 3rd giant slalom
2010: Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, 1st super combined, 2nd slalom and giant slalom; World Cup Sestriere, 3rd downhill; ESPY Award Nominee
2009: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 1st slalom, giant slalom and super combined; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st slalom; named Paralympic SportsWoman of the Year; named Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Ski Racing Magazine
2007: Overall World Cup champion; slalom and giant slalom overall World Cup champion; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st giant slalom and slalom; ESPY Award Nominee; Named Adaptive Athlete of the Year by Ski Racing Magazine
2006: Torino 2006 Paralympic Games, 1st slalom; World Cup slalom champion
2005: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st slalom
2004: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 1st slalom, 2nd super-G, 3rd downhill; World Cup slalom champion
2003: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st super-G and giant slalom
2002: Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Games, 3rd downhill; served as torchbearer for Salt Lake torch relay
2000: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st slalom
Stephani Victor was on her way to fulfilling her dream of being an actress as a recent graduate of USC’s film school when her life took an unexpected turn. In 1995, she was loading her car when an out-of-control car veered into her driveway and pinned her against her vehicle. In order to save her life, both of her legs were amputated. While in intensive care, the actress/film director had a dream of making a documentary film about her recovery. Suddenly her life’s worst tragedy became the backdrop of her most important film, “The Lengths I Will Go”. Three years and 11 reconstructive surgeries later, she took her first adaptive skiing lesson. Since then, she has won five Paralympic medals, four World Championship titles and five Overall World Cup titles.
Victor’s film and ski racing accomplishments have been the subject of many television shows including ABC’s 20/20, The View, The Life, The Best Damned Sports Show Period and E! News. Through her extensive media coverage, she became a much sought-after motivational speaker. General John A. Weida made Victor an honorary Wing Commander of Hill Air Force Base after her moving presentation to over 3,000 airmen and women that resulted in the longest period of no reported DUI incidents at the base. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah has repeatedly included Victor in his impressive keynote line-up for his annual Women’s Conference, where she has spoken alongside Leslie Stahl, Marie Osmond and Dana Perino, to name a few. Corporate clients recognize the power of Stephani’s message, especially when delivered alongside Olympic athletes such as Lindsey Vonn, Ted Ligety, Apolo Ohno and Katherine Reutter.
One thing that I think is really cool about the Paralympics is that it represents a very wide age range, perhaps just because the sports are accessible... But still at a high level of competition. It's interesting to see that through these athlete profiles.