Aaron Pike
ParalympianPara Nordic SkiingPara Track and Field

Aaron Pike

Qualified | Paris 2024

Paralympian 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2022

Aaron Pike skis across the snow with poles in hand
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Aaron Pike skiing
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Park Rapids, MN


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

classification: Nordic (LW11.5, Sitting); Track & Field (T54)

  • After sustaining a T-11 spinal cord injury due to a hunting accident at age 13, Pike quickly began to learn about the world of adaptive sports
  • His Paralympic career did not begin in Nordic skiing, but in wheelchair track & field at the University of Illinois-Champaign
  • Pike raced with the Fighting Illini alongside legendary Paralympian Tatyana McFadden
  • Made the switch to winter sports after the Olympic Games London 2012, when he was invited to a training camp by one of the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team coaches
  • Nominated to the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team in May 2013, and in his debut season he earned three top-15 finishes in world cup competition
  • Pike followed his opening season by landing a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team in Sochi and competing at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 on the track
  • Son of Chris and Tiffany Pike
  • Has one younger brother, Corey
  • Enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with his family, whom he cites as his biggest source of strength
  • Qualified for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 at the 2023 New York City Marathon
  • Six-time Paralympian
    • Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, 8th (sprint biathlon), 9th (individual biathlon), 10th (sprint cross-country), 12th (middle-distance cross-country), 15th (middle-distance biathlon)
    • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 6th (marathon); No Result (800m, 1,500m, 5,000m)
    • Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, 6th (15km biathlon), 7th (12.5K biathlon)
    • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 10th (marathon)
    • Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, 12th (long-distance cross-country), 14th (cross-country sprint, middle-distance cross-country), 19th (individual biathlon, sprint)
    • Paralympic Games London 2012, 16th (marathon)
  • Most recent: 2023 Nordic skiing gold (long distance biathlon, mixed cross-country relay); silver (biathlon sprint, middle distance biathlon)
  • Years of participation: Nordic – 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023; Track & Field – 2011, 2015, 2019
  • Medals: 6 (2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
    • Gold: Nordic - 2023 (long distance biathlon, mixed cross-country relay)
    • Silver: Nordic - 2023 (biathlon sprint, middle distance biathlon); 2021 (individual biathlon)
    • Bronze: Nordic – 2019 (biathlon sprint)

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