Beijing 2022 Paralympian, Steve Arnold, retires from Para NOrdic skiing

Beijing 2022 Paralympian, Steve Arnold, retires from Para NOrdic skiing

Arnold bows out after seven years representing nation

Para Nordic skier Steve Arnold, who represented Britain at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, has announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2023/24 Para Nordic season.

Arnold, who joined the team in 2017 and first competed on the World Cup circuit at Finsterau in February of that year, bows out having produced multiple World Cup top-10 finishes over the last eight seasons in both Cross Country and Biathlon.

He narrowly missed out on selection for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, but came back stronger in the following years to make the selection for the team in 2022. A bout of Covid-19 just before the start of the Games nearly scuppered his chances but he recovered in time to take to the snow in Beijing, finishing 29th in the Cross Country Middle and 12th as part of Great Britian’s first Relay team.

Arnold was also selected to the GB Snowsport team at four World Championships, with his best result being tenth place in the Cross Country Long at Lillehammer in January 2022.

Commenting on Steve’s retirement, James REdpath, GB Snowsport Para Programme Manager said:

“Steve’s been an integral part of the Para Nordic team ever since he first joined up with the squad seven years ago, and it’s been a real privilege to watch him train and compete over that time.

“Along with everything he’s achieved on snow, Steve’s overcome a lot of adversity in his time on the programme. I think everyone who’s had the pleasure to work with him would attest to the depth of his commitment and work ethic from day one right the way through to his retirement.

“We’ll all really miss having Steve around the team, and we all wish him well in his retirement.”

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