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Carl Burnett, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2003, will represent the United States as a skier at the IX Paralympic Winter Games, held March 10-19 in Torino, Italy. Burnett joins 13 other Dartmouth students and alumni competing as Olympians at Torino and is one of several Dartmouth alumni connected to the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.
A linguistics major at Dartmouth, Burnett is in his fourth full season with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team since making the team in 1998. This is his second trip to Paralympics: he competed at the 2002 Games at Salt Lake City, finishing ninth in giant slalom, 11th in Super G and 11th in slalom. Burnett was paralyzed below the waist in a car crash when he was 5. He took up disabled ski racing at age 12 after watching a race in New Hampshire and at 15 swept all four junior national titles.
In addition to Burnett, a number of coaches and administrators on the U.S. Disabled Team have Dartmouth roots. Joe Walsh '87 is the U.S. Olympic Committee's managing director for the Paralympic program. Sarah Billmeier '99, who won 13 medals in four different Paralympic games, is now an athlete services coordinator for the team. Trygve Myhren '58 is the U.S. chef de mission to the Torino Paralympic games. And Erin Sullivan, an Alpine coach for the U.S. team, is the daughter of long-time Dartmouth Ski Team administrative assistant Maggie Sullivan.
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