|Born||August 6, 1984|
|Occupation||Writer, motivational speaker|
Joshua Sundquist is a Paralympian and a bestselling author and motivational speaker. He lost his left leg to cancer at age nine and later became a Paralympic ski racer. His memoir, Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made it Down the Mountain, was released in January 2010.
Alpine ski racing
Six years after surviving a battle with cancer and losing his leg, Sundquist began ski racing. At age 17 he moved to Colorado to pursue the sport full-time.
He trained and competed for six years, and in 2006 he was named to the United States Paralympic Ski Team and raced in the IX Paralympic Games, which were held in Turin, Italy that March. Sundquist competed in two alpine skiing events for men — slalom and giant slalom. He did not win any medals.
After the Paralympics, Sundquist retired from professional racing and returned to Williamsburg, Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in business from The College of William and Mary's Mason School of Business the same year. He later earned a Master's in Communications from the University of Southern California.
After the Paralympics, he won the Body-for-Life contest in 2006.
His ski-racing slogan is "1mt, 1mt" which stands for "1 More Thing, 1 More Time."
Sundquist was sixteen when he gave his first motivational talk and has been speaking to groups ever since.
He is now a nationally recognized speaker and continues to present to groups around the United States. Sundquist's audiences and clients have included Wal-Mart, Pennsylvania's 2012 FBLA Leadership Conference, The White House, RE/MAX, Boy Scouts of America, National FFA Organization, YPO, and Children's Miracle Network.
In 2001, Sundquist became a contributing writer for the Daily Guideposts, and he has also written for Guideposts Magazine, a monthly publication that features first-person narratives of faith in daily life and a subscriber base of 2.3 million.
Sundquist's memoir, Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made it Down the Mountain, was released on January 21, 2010 and became a national bestseller. Sundquist has also announced on his Youtube channel on November 6, 2012, that he will be publishing another book, and will announce the release date on Facebook and the title on Twitter. On November 8, 2012, Sundquist unofficially announced the title of his new book by giving virtual high fives to those who correctly guessed it. The title of his new book will be We Should Hang Out Some Time, one of his signature statements used to end many of his YouTube videos.
Advocate for persons with amputations
Sundquist was chosen as one of CNN's 2007 Heroes, in recognition of his work within the amputee community. In particular, CNN profiled Sundquist and his founding of the social networking website for persons with amputations, LessThanFour.org.
- Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made it Down the Mountain. New York: Viking. January 2010. ISBN 978-0-670-02146-8
Sundquist has been vlogging on an already existing YouTube account with the name "JoshSundquist" since late 2009 (the account has existed since 2006). Sundquist has had much support from other popular YouTubers including iJustine and Nalts (Kevin Nalty).
He had said before that YouTube was the only place where he felt like he looked normal. Most people watching his videos did not know about his past until his third video.
A contest run by YouTube Global that ended on January 14, 2011 asked users to vote to put one of four nominees on the front page of YouTube.com on January 22, 2011. Sundquist won the featured spot by 478 votes, beating out Luke Conard by one percentage point.
- Christian City’s Annual Night of Hope planned for tomorrow, The Citizen, May 19, 2010
- TrendMasterGlobal "Josh Sundquist"
- Lemire, Joe (February 16, 2006). "Sundquist’s Next Stop: Turin". The Daily News Record. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- MyWire "W&M Business Student Josh Sundquist Selected for U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team"
- TrendMaxGlobal "Josh Sundquist"
- Talbronstein "Who is this 19 year old Josh Sundquist?"
- The Reporter Online "The 31st Annual Statewide Convention in Review"
- Great St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America Council Annual Dinner
- YPO Southern Seven Conference Master Schedule
- FSCC Post Convention Press Release
- Guideposts Magazine "Peak Performer"
- Sundquist, Josh (August 22, 2004). "LIFE IS SHORT – Autobiography as Haiku". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- "Sundquist: Fulfilling God's plan". The Daily Reporter. November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-12."He has been published in The Washington Post, Daily Guideposts and Current, (Newsweek's college magazine)"
- Harris, McKinsey (Feb 14, 2010). "Harrisonburg Native Inspires Through National Bestseller". WHSV-3. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
- CNN Aired September 20, 2007, "JOSH SUNDQUIST, CNN HERO..."