Name: Jeremy Wagner
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Event: Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Classification: LW11.5, Sitting
Date of Birth: April 3, 1981
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Hometown: Nānākuli, Hawaii
Residence: Fraser, Colo.
High School: Nānākuli High School ‘99
College: Honolulu Community College ‘07
Service Branch: United States Army Reserves
Military Rank: Sergeant (E-5)
Military Status: Retired
Coach: James Upham
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 15th 1km sprint, 16th 12.5km biathlon, 18th 15km biathlon, 18th 7.5km biathlon, 22nd 10km; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 1st 1km, 3rd 7.5km biathlon
- 2013: International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships, 21st 15km; World Cup Canmore, 12th 15km biathlon, 13th 1km, 15th 7.5km biathlon and 15km; World Cup Cable, Wis., 7th 15km biathlon, 8th 10km and sprint biathlon, 20km and cross-country sprint, 9th 15km; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 4th 10km and 15km
- 2012: Named to U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team
Jeremy Wagner joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 2000. Just after returning from a tour in Iraq in 2007, Wagner was in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed below the waist due to spinal cord injury. Wagner, a Nānākuli, Hawaii, native, traveled to the Palo Alto VA Medical Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Center in California for treatment shortly after his injury. It was there that he discovered the VA’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games, in which he competed in alpine skiing in 2010. At the Games, Wagner met with Rob Rosser, a U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team coach, who convinced him to come to Colorado to train full-time. Today, Wagner trains at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. The NSCD recently received a grant through the Olympic Opportunity Fund, a partnership between the United States Olympic Committee and the VA, to support disabled veterans and injured servicemen as they learn about, train for and compete in adaptive winter sports.
Wagner made his first U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team in June 2012 and was part of the five-member U.S. team, made up solely of military veterans, that competed at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships in Sweden.
Off the snow, Wagner enjoys welding metal (his profession prior to injury), learning about car mechanics, cooking, outrigger canoeing, playing the ukulele and cheering for his hometown University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine.