US Women's Sled Hockey Team

Monica Quimby

Born: 1986
Number: 16
Position: Defense
Hometown: Wesley Chapu, FL

It’s important to stay focused. There are always going to be people on the outside telling you that you can’t do something. You just need to focus on yourself and do what makes you happy.”

Monica Quimby has always been an athlete at heart. Even after her whole life changed, that fact remained constant. Quimby started skiing at the age of four, and she went on to ski at the collegiate level for the University of New Hampshire while pursuing a degree in molecular biology. Everything seemed normal when she went out on the double-diamond trail (the steepest trail on the mountain) to complete a series of backflips. However, while doing her thirtieth backflip, Quimby over-rotated and missed the landing pad, causing her to break her back and become paralyzed from the waist down.

This terrible accident caused Quimby to take a break from sports, but it did not stop her from pursuing her passion. She missed only one semester of college, and then she came right back to finish earning her degree. Quimby went on to get her Masters and become one of the youngest college professors in the state of Maine, and she didn’t stop there.

“I wanted to continue with advocacy and outreach, so I competed in the Miss Wheelchair  Maine competition,” said Quimby. “I ended up winning and going on to compete in Miss Wheelchair USA, where I received third runner-up.”

Finally, Quimby decided to go back to doing what she loved: playing sports. “When I first got hurt, it was from doing sports, so I had to forgive myself and forgive sports in order to get back into it,” said Quimby. She decided to take up kayaking, and she ended up winning a silver medal at the national level. She then decided to give sled hockey a try, and she instantly fell in love with it. She got her start playing with men on local teams, and she eventually made her way to the USA Women’s team. Quimby has been playing on the team for four years, and she has already seen herself and the team improve in leaps and bounds.

“The biggest thing that you can do positively for yourself is to continue to grow and continue to learn,” said Quimby. “I come out to the ice every day and there’s always something in my head that I’m working on. There is always room for improvement. You need to be open and be coachable, not only in a sport but in life as well.”

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