A Champion. For Progress.
Noah Elliott was a promising semi-pro skateboarder when he was just 14 years old. Then, at the age of 15, he received a cancer diagnosis that would alter the entire course of his life. About the time he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer, he also became a father for the first time. It’s the birth of his daughter, Skylar, that Noah credits with giving him the drive and determination to overcome the greatest challenges of his life.
In 2014, during the 10 months he spent in the hospital to treat his cancer, Noah saw a broadcast for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Watching these athletes perform at these levels inspired Noah to continue to pursue his passion for athletics, even after his treatment for cancer would require his leg to be amputated. With this inspiration guiding him, Noah's resilience and dedication set him on the path for the 2022 Winter Games. Along this road, he has won Gold in the banked slalom and Bronze in snowboardcross at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games and become a World Champion 2021 gold medalist in the dual banked slalom.
A champion's focus
During his time in the hospital, Noah spent much of the time reflecting on the possible ways he could approach these challenges. Through this difficult time, he experienced anger, grief and frustration. Ultimately, he decided to focus on the positive ways he could constructively address what laid before him to become a better person and father.
It’s no surprise these experiences inform his definition of a champion: An individual that can not simply overcome the internal challenges to grow and become a better person, but someone who can also live for something larger than themselves. By this measure, it’s not just overcoming the loss of his leg, switching sports and becoming a decorated medalist. It’s his dedication to his daughter, friends and family who have also supported and driven him along the way.
"I want to be the best person I can be on and off snow." - Noah Elliott