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Kirk Schornstein


Schornstein raced against able-bodied athletes until he was a teenager. Competing in the standing category (he has congenital paralysis of his right arm), Schornstein was a consistent top-10 IPC World Cup finisher in 2012/13, and was the men’s Canadian slalom champion in 2013 after battling back from a knee surgery that kept him from competing in the 2012-13 IPC World Cup circuit. At the age of 17, he had four top-15 finishes at the 2011 IPC world championships. Schornstein plays volleyball and helps out with the family mechanical contracting business in his hometown of Spruce Grove, Alta.

Top Results

12th – Downhill – IPC World Championships – Sestriere, Italy (2011)
1st – Giant slalom – USA Nationals - Alyeska, Alaska, USA (2011)
1st – Giant slalom – Canadian Para-Alpine Championships – Sun Peaks, B.C. (2013)

IPC World Cup rankings:

Overall: 8th
Slalom: 6th
Giant slalom: 10th
Super combined: 8th
Super-G: 9th


Birth date: 19/03/1993
Birth place: Edmonton, Alta.
Residence: Spruce Grove, Alta.
Hometown: Spruce Grove, Alta.
Ski club: Snow Valley Racing
Made team: 2009
Sponsor: Panas family, Bird Construction, Novus Energy, Fabco Plastics, Emco, Sure-Form Construction


Height: 5-11
Weight: 180 pounds
Skis: Volkl
Goggles: Uvex
Boots: Dalbello
Poles: Leki
Helmet: Uvex



Nicknames: Kickstand - because I have a kickstand on my road bike plus my initials are KS.

First memory of skiing? Straddling a tree in Jasper, Alta., while tree skiing.

Best moment in ski racing? Racing the Super-G on my birthday at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympics.

Worst moment in ski racing? A crash I had in Winter Park, Colorado. I got really tangled up in the B-netting

What is your Paralympic dream? Getting on the podium.

What is the best thing about having the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? Experiencing a new country.

If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? Steve Aoki – “Turbulence” by Steve Aoki or “Knife Party” by EDM Death Machine.

If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be? I would bring my parents and my friend Roger. They always support me in this sport, and it is so awesome to be able to show them the energy they give me to ski.

Hidden talent: I like working on vehicles and computers. I find it addicting and can stay awake until 3 a.m. trying to fix a problem or finish a project. There’s just something about it. 

If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I would get together with my friends and family and tell them stories about our time together. We’d have some laughs over a Warsteiner beer and a really good German meal from my mom – probably bratwurst with German mustard, potato pancakes, and Feigling schnapps, finished with my favorite cake: the kiwi cheesecake that my mom bakes for me every year on my birthday. 

If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I would like to work in as an IT tech or at a mechanic shop. People always say do what makes you happy.

When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: at home, working out in the gym, at work or in bed. 

What’s the best thing about your hometown? The strong economy and the great relationship and support system I have within the community.

What's the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road? This little, fake fluffy mouse that gets passed around the team as a bit of a game. If you find it in your bag, you have to put it in someone else’s suitcase without them noticing. If they do notice it before returning home, you get it back and you have to hide it in a different bag.

What's your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season? Gatorade. 

If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? Somewhere in Germany. I have a lot of family there and it would be great for them to see me ski and perform.

Where is your favourite place to race or train? To race, Sestriere, Italy. The downhill is amazing and the last time I was there it was sunny and beautiful. For training, I love Nakiska, Alberta. Nakiska is probably one of the best, most well-maintained and groomed places I’ve been to for training. It can sometimes be windy and cold, but hey, this is a winter sport!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The power to control time. There’s a huge list of things you could to by going forward or backward in time.

If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? Kelowna, B.C. I love Lake Okanagan and spending time on the water. They also have some very good German delis and bakeries, and I’m a sucker for that kind of food. 

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road?  Honestly, I cannot choose just one funny thing. There are so many thing we do to entertain ourselves. Our team has a blast.

Who is someone you admire in sport? Didier Cuche. I really like his thought process and how successful he has been.


All Results


IPC World Cup finishes in the top 10
7th - Super-G - Tarvisio, ITA (Feb. 2014)
8th - Super combined - Tarvisio, ITA (Feb. 2014)
7th - Downhill - Tarvisio, ITA (Feb. 2014)
8th - Slalom - Copper, USA (Jan. 2014)
8th - Super combined - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
9th - Downhill - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
7th - Downhill - Panorama, CAN (Jan. 2014)
8th - Super-G - Mt. Hutt, NZ (Aug. 2013)
7th - Super combined - Mt. Hutt, NZ (Aug. 2013)
7th – Slalom – Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
8th – Super combined – Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
8th – Super-G – Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
9th – Super-G – Panorama, B.C. (March 2012)
8th – Slalom – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
8th – Super-G – Winter Park, USA (March 2012)
10th – Giant slalom – La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2012)
8th – Slalom – La Molina, SPA (Feb. 2012)
6th – Slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (Jan. 2012)
10th – Giant slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (2011)
10th – Slalom – Arta Terme, ITA (2011)


2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
13th - Super-G
16th - Slalom
12th - Super combined
13th - Giant slalom 

2010 Paralympic Winter Games – Whistler, B.C.
25th – Slalom
25th – Giant slalom
26th – Super-G


Canadian Para-Alpine Championships
Giant slalom champion - Whistler, B.C. (2014)
Giant slalom champion - Sun Peaks, B.C. (2013)


IPC World Ski Championships
12th – Downhill – Sestriere, ITA (2011)
13th – Super-G – Sestriere, ITA (2011)
13th – Super combined – Sestriere, ITA (2011)
16th – Slalom – Sestriere, ITA (2011)
14th – Giant slalom – Sestriere, ITA (2011)