• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 4s

Arctic Man skier doesn’t let anything keep him down

By John Thain 11:36 AM April 12, 2014
HOODOO MOUNTAINS –

Simon Risberg, 20, is living a dream.

“I always wanted to ski in Alaska,” he said.

This year, Risberg is competing at the 2014 Arctic Man. In his event, skiers go straight down a mountain, get a lift by snowmachine up another mountain and then ski back down.

Risberg is doing it all without legs.

“I was born without muscles and skeleton parts in my lower limbs so I couldn’t move them,” Risberg said. “So when I was about 1 year old my mother decided to cut them off.”

At the starting line, Risberg said he was feeling nervous and excited. And he has reason to be: During the run, not everything goes as planned.

“Just as I pushed out it felt really good. I had control of my things. I went really fast. I got to the checkup point. I had no problem getting on the snowmobile. I was riding back for a while and we were taking it about 75 miles per hour,” he said. “Then I hit some kind of bump, and my ski like jumped up in the air, and I got into a carving and then I fell.”

Despite likely suffering a concussion, Risberg got back up and said he plans on coming back next year.

Arctic Man 2014 continues through the weekend.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Officers cited for wasting deer, ducks in Juneau

    by Associated Press on Oct 23, 10:10

    The Coast Guard says it will take additional steps to teach personnel about local hunting laws after two petty officers were issued citations for wasting game. The Juneau Empire (http://bit.ly/1tfG8cW) reports anonymous tips led Alaska State Trooper wildlife officers to issue citations to 26-year-old James Schmidt and 27-year-old Chris Hyde. They are scheduled for arraignment […]

  • Crime

    ‘Alaskan Bush People’ stars charged with PFD fraud

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 9:14

    A family that stars in the Discovery Channel show “Alaskan Bush People” is facing a slew of charges for felony Permanent Fund Dividend fraud, court documents reveal. Billy Brown, his wife and their seven children are featured in the show that describes them as “born and raised in the wild,” according to Discovery’s website. “They’ve […]

  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, Oct. 23

    by Janessa Webb on Oct 23, 8:08

    Sunshine continues today with highs in the upper-30s. Some clouds will start to move in Friday into Saturday with a chance of flurries. Overnight lows in the mid-20s. Enjoy the day before the things start to change.

  • News

    Mining company eyes ski area for gold mine

    by Associated Press on Oct 23, 7:45

    The oldest downhill ski area near Fairbanks may be turned into a gold mine. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1xdocO8) reports a Vancouver mining company wants to dig for gold on land occupied by Mount Aurora Skiland. The property is owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The state-owned corporation manages state land to produce […]

  • News

    Alaska Natives rally for subsistence rights

    by Kate McPherson on Oct 23, 7:32

    Hundreds of Alaska Natives and supporters rallied on the park strip in Anchorage Wednesday in support of subsistence hunting and fishing. They came from across the state, many in town to attend the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. The message coming from the rally was clear: Alaska Natives want an equal voice at the table […]

  • News

    Alaska Federation of Natives convention theme: Rise as One

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 23, 7:12

    Traffic at the airport and Anchorage roads pick up. Restaurants are busy. Hotels are full, a sure sign the state’s largest convention is about to get underway. The warm-up to the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention started Monday with the Elders and Youth Conference. Many of those attendees will also be at AFN. Add thousands […]

  • News

    Riders put up ‘ghost bike’ in Anchorage for fallen cyclist

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 0:13

    Cyclists hope that you see a new memorial now up in one Anchorage park. Wednesday night, friends and family dedicated a “ghost bike” in honor of Jeff Dusenbury. They put it up at Spruce Park where he was hit and killed this summer. Family and friends say putting up the memorial is like a pedal […]

  • News

    Mat-Su community responds to Rep. Young’s remarks on suicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 22, 23:47

    U.S. Rep. Don Young is not a person afraid to say what’s on his mind. And his latest comments aren’t sitting well with residents in the Mat-Su Valley. Wasilla High School is still grieving after a student died by suicide last week. Tuesday, the 81-year-old congressman made an appearance at an assembly at the high […]