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 eight 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)
National giant slalom champion (2013)
2nd – Slalom – Canada Winter Games – Halifax, N.S. (2011)
IPC World Cup rankings:
Giant slalom: 23rd
Birth date: 30/11/1992
Birth place: Victoria, B.C.
Residence: Duncan, B.C.
Hometown: Duncan, B.C.
Ski club: B.C. Para-Alpine
Made team: 2011
Sponsor: YVR (Vancouver Airport Authority)
Weight: 161 pounds
Nickname: Never had a nickname! I don’t know if that‘s good or bad!
First memory of skiing? Looking back, my first and favourite memory of skiing is my 6-year-old self wearing the snow suit that I ‘repped back then. It was a lime green one-piece suit that literally glowed against the snow. I wish it grew with me.
Best moment in ski racing? Last year in Sochi, Russia, at the IPC World cup finals at the test event for the Paralympics, I had a very promising and encouraging fifth-place finish in the slalom. It was one of the of the biggest confidence boosts I have had, especially leading into the Paralympic season. Getting that result on the very same hill we will be competing on is a great feeling.
Worst moment in ski racing? That’s a hard question! I don’t have a particular moment, but in general, I think my teammates and other racers would agree with me that training days with face-burning wind and bone-chilling cold aren’t so fun.
What is your Paralympic dream? My Paralympic dream is to have my family and loved ones there supporting me on the day I first compete, and for me to deliver a strong performance that makes them all proud.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? I think it is great because it is such a different place – in a good way. It is not a part of the world people would necessarily go vacationing to, so I feel it is a really neat venue that attracts people to somewhere they might otherwise not see.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? Without a doubt it is “Holdin’ On” by Monsta (Skrillex remix). If you haven’t heard of it I encourage you to go listen to it now…yes, right now. And get your dancing pants on.
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? Bob Barker, Bob Saget, and Chris Pontius because they are all class acts.
Hidden talent: During my downtime I really enjoy grabbing my sketch book and relaxing by sketching tattoos, or taking designs from the Internet and figuring out ways to re-create them. Friends and family always tell me that I need to get into some type of design or drawing.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I would be in Mexico at an all-inclusive resort rented out by my whole family and loved ones. I’d wake up at around 5 a.m. and have an amazing breakfast with the most expensive personal chef. I would relax on the beach, go fishing, and drink lots of girly, tropical drinks, since it’s my last day left to live and no one could make fun of me. I’d end the night with an outdoor concert on the beach.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I’m big into sports, so if I wasn’t a ski racer I would probably still be involved in sports in some way.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: dubbing out to Zeds Dead, Datsik, Kill the Noise and such, camping, fishing, or doing something outdoors, or drawing and designing tattoos.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? Duncan, B.C., is a great little town. I would rather be in a small town than a big city, so I like being able to drive into town in a few minutes. I’m a small town kind of guy.
What's the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road? Mullet Mousse. Gotta keep the flow looking fresh and curly.
What's your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season? Weiner Schnitzel with a bit of mayo on top and some fresh-squeezed lemon. Traditional, I know, but nothing is more delicious.
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? I’d design one at my home hill in Mt. Washington, B.C. It’s a great hill and it would be close to home!
Where is your favorite place to race or train? Sestriere, Italy. It’s a great mountain with some really awesome race hills with good terrain and steeps. The village has a really cool vibe to it, with lots of awesome Italian restaurants and shops. The sunsets are unreal.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Without a doubt, teleportation. It would be the most useful and the most fun (and a great tool if you’re late!). Forget your bib at your hotel room on race morning while you’re running late for inspection and already at the gondola? No problem.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? It would be built on a super high cliff or bank with glass walls on the entire front of the house overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? One of my best memories with the team is from a trip to Saas Fee, Switzerland. We rode the Rodelbahn, which is a summer toboggan ride in Switzerland, dressed in our downhill suits, helmets and goggles for maximum speed.
Who is someone you admire in sport? To be honest, coming onto the IPC World Cup circuit in para-alpine racing, I’ve started to admire a lot of fellow racers who I compete against. They are some of the greatest athletes out there and they don't always get the credit and exposure they deserve.
5th - Downhill - Tarvisio, ITA (Feb. 2014)
6th - Super Combined - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
6th - Downhill - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
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)
2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
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)