- YOB // 1979
- Discipline // Para Nordic
- Squad // Para Nordic Elite Squad
- Hometown // Hampshire, ENG
Former Staff Sergeant Steve Arnold served in the Army for 16 years, completing tours in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
One day in April 2011 his life turned upside down. “I was leading a routine search operation in Afghanistan when I stood on an IED and lost both of my legs above the knee.”
In 2012, just one year after his injury, Steve completed the Race Across America hand cycling with Help For Heroes. His potential was clear and he soon started working with British Cycling. He set his sights on reaching the Paralympic Games as a cyclist but his contract ended after Rio.
Steve was then introduced to Nordic skiing in January 2017 and he loved it straight away, “It felt like another new beginning and I was extremely grateful.” Despite doing the sport for less than a year, Steve was set on the path to PyeongChang, but just missed out on a slot, but he now has a 4 year cycle to be ready for 2022.
Steve is also determined to create a lasting impact by inspiring others to try Nordic skiing.