A former prospect athlete who moved up to the national team in 2011 after forerunning at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games, Luscombe has recorded six top-10 finishes at IPC World Cup and world championship events since his first World Cup season (2012), and he became the men’s Canadian giant slalom champion in 2013. He had his leg amputated after contracting necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) as a child and competes in the standing category. Luscombe, who calls Duncan, B.C. home, likes to road cycle in his spare time, and is known on the team for his sense of humour and flowing mullet.
5th – Slalom – IPC World Cup – Sochi, RUS (2013)
1st – Giant slalom – Nor-Am Cup – Waterville Valley, USA (2012)
2nd – Slalom – Canada Winter Games – Halifax, N.S. (2011)
IPC World Cup rankings:
Giant slalom: 23rd
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Nickname: Never had a nickname! I don’t know if that‘s good or bad!
Best moment in skiing: Forerunning at the 2010 Paralympics. Even though it wasn’t a real competition for me, it was an unreal experience that gave me the true feeling of what it’s like - all the hype and excitement is too much to explain. That has been my highlight.
Worst moment in skiing: There are no bad moments when you are skiing! No matter what.
Best World Cup stop: Panorama World Cup finals (2012) was such an awesome first experience. Our whole team in general put up a great performance. I had my best World Cup finish there in slalom with an eighth-place result. The atmosphere of being there and having such a big event at one of your own hills is an awesome feeling and experience.
What one thing would you change about skiing: The temperature. My worst enemy! You think, well why is he in such a winter sport if he doesn’t like the weather? I can’t answer that one. I don’t know why! It’s just something I love and would love even more if it was ski racing on a sand dune.
Person you look up to most in the sport: Matt Hallat! He has been someone I have always looked up to since I was a kid. Feels super weird to be on the same team as him. Almost in a way like I don’t belong!
On your iPod: Lovin’ the Dub (Dubstep) in general but in particular Skrillex, Zeds Dead, Excision, KOAN Sound, Neon Steve, Adventure Club, Bassnectar, Datsik, Kill The Noise and Nero.
Favourite movie: Shooter, with Mark Wahlberg, because of some good twists and lots of action! And The Mechanic with Jason Statham, simply because he’s my boy!
Favourite hockey team: Vancouver Canucks. I’m from Vancouver Island. Gotta go with the Canucks, for sure.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Probably with some hardcore thug like Snoop Dogg or Dr. Dre - to see if they are actually that thuggin’ or are just like that for their music videos!
Something no-one knows about you: I am secretly in love with hats, sunglasses and shoes.
Favourite activities other than skiing: For sure salmon fishing. Getting the tip of the fishing rod sunk down into the water from a big 35-pound spring salmon - nothing like it!
If a movie was made about your life, who should play the lead role? Jason Statham - my favourite actor!
What’s a talent you wish you had? I wish I could do the dougie. Takes major talent!
If you weren’t a skier what would you be? If I wasn’t skiing, I would be pursuing becoming a police officer.
Funniest thing you’ve seen in ski racing: Definitely when you see a ski racer with a wicked Gorby Gap - has to be the funniest thing ever. Cracks me up every time!
Most embarrassing moment: Would have to be at school a couple of years ago. Something wasn’t feeling right with my artificial foot. And what a coincidence, as soon as I thought that snap! . . . off comes the bottom of my foot. So there’s a shoe lying on the ground . . . and me with no foot on the bottom of my pant leg . . . a very awkward and embarrassing situation.
Describe yourself in three words: Self sufficient, content and easy going.
6th - Slalom - Coronet Peak, NZ (Aug. 2013)
9th - Super-G - Mt. Hutt, NZ (Aug. 2013)
5th - Slalom - Sochi, RUS (March 2013)
9th - Slalom - Sestriere, ITA (Jan. 2013)
8th - Slalom - Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
10th - Super-G - Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
10th - Giant slalom - Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
Men's national champion (standing) - Giant slalom - Sun Peaks, B.C. (March 2013)
IPC World Alpine Skiing Championships
13th - Super combined - La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013)
14th - Super-G - La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013)
9th - Downhill - La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2013)
Nor-Am Cup podiums
3rd – Downhill – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
3rd – Downhill – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
3rd – Super-G – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
2nd – Super-G – Kimberley, B.C. (Feb. 2012)
1st – Giant slalom – Waterville Valley, USA (Jan. 2012)
1st – Slalom – Waterville Valley, USA (Jan. 2012)
3rd – Slalom – Copper Mt., USA (Dec. 2011)
- Great day of racing today! Hardwork pays off I tell yah! Placed first today in Coppers NorAm super… http://t.co/PBfUVNxtag
- Beauty morning for some Super G training here in Nakiska, Alberta http://t.co/TVYPQcg6tP
- Top of the course at 7am under the lights!! http://t.co/ZUlRdrNmQd
- Little wieners being a hot dog for Halloween http://t.co/UsIEouvfBg