BRISTOL, Conn. – University of New Hampshire alumnus Tyler Walker ’08, a member of the United States Adaptive Ski Team, is a finalist for the 2012 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Award in the category of Best Male Athlete with a Disability.
Walker is a two-time Paralympian (2006, ’10) and a current member of the U.S. Paralympic alpine national team. The 26-year-old has captured national championships in giant slalom and slalom, won a World Cup title and earned a gold medal at the Winter X Games. In May, he was feted as the 2012 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Adaptive Athlete of the Year.
The Franconia, N.H., native won three medals during the 2011-12 World Cup season to earn the ESPY nomination. He is among five nominees for the honor, which will be presented Wednesday, July 11 (9 p.m./ESPN), live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Walker’s first World Cup triumph was posted in 2004. He won the overall giant slalom championship in 2006. During the 2007-08 season, he won both the GS and SL national titles. Walker earned 10th place in SL at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, and he collected X Games gold medals in mono-skier X in ’09 and ‘10.
Walker graduated from UNH with degrees in Geography and International Affairs and minors in German and Political Science. He has worked with Northeast Passage, a UNH-based program that offers disability-related recreational adaptive sports to people throughout New England.
Walker, who was born with an incomplete spine and had both legs amputated at the knee when he was four years old, previously skied for the Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain ski programs and the New England Disabled Ski Team.
Photos courtesy U.S. Paralympics