Born and raised on a giant farm in Oregon, Greg Mallory loved spending time outdoors. So when he was injured skiing when he was 25, in his last year of law school no less, Greg Mallory wasn’t about to resign himself from his addiction to adrenaline-fueled sports.
Within months of his injury, a lower L1 injury but still devastating for an active guy like Greg, he learned how to mono-ski. Letting his injury siphon away his passions in life wasn’t something he was interested in. But after years of mono-skiing, Greg decided it wasn’t giving him enough of a cardio workout, especially as he got older.
So in 2002, he tried cross-country skiing for the first time in his life, the sitting-version, and became so good at it he went to compete in the Winter Paralympics twice – Tourin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 – competing in the men’s 5km, 10km and 15km. But kayaking, a sport he loved before his injury and not only still does, but does as a Class V whitewater paddler, typically unheard of with adapted kayaker, remains his greatest athletic love.
Yes, Greg truly has made an awesome life for himself post-injury. And he did eventually get that law degree and went on to speci