Josh Sundquist

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Josh Sundquist
Born (1984-08-06) August 6, 1984 (age 32)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Occupation Writer, motivational speaker, YouTuber
Genre Memoir, Fiction
Spouse Ashley Nolan (m. 2015)

Joshua Sundquist is a Paralympian, a bestselling author and motivational speaker.[1] He lost his left leg to Ewing's sarcoma 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[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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."

Motivational speaking[edit]

Sundquist was sixteen when he gave his first motivational talk and has been speaking to groups ever since.[5]

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.[6][7][8][9]


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.[10]

He has been published in The Washington Post and in Newsweek's now defunct college magazine, Current.[11][12]

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.[13]

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, constituting the "perfect pick-up line".

Advocate for persons with amputations[edit]

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,[14]

Personal life[edit]

Sundquist married Ashley Elizabeth Nolan in 2015.[15]


  • 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
  • We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. December 2014. ISBN 9780316260954

Love and First Sight. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. January 2017. ISBN 9780316305358

January 2017 hi


  1. ^ Christian City’s Annual Night of Hope planned for tomorrow, The Citizen, May 19, 2010 Archived May 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ TrendMasterGlobal "Josh Sundquist"[dead link]
  3. ^ Lemire, Joe (February 16, 2006). "Sundquist's Next Stop: Turin". The Daily News Record. Retrieved August 12, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ MyWire "W&M Business Student Josh Sundquist Selected for U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Who is this 19 year old Josh Sundquist?". Talbronstein. 
  6. ^ The Reporter Online "The 31st Annual Statewide Convention in Review"[dead link]
  7. ^ Great St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America Council Annual Dinner Archived June 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ YPO Southern Seven Conference Master Schedule Archived October 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ FSCC Post Convention Press Release[dead link]
  10. ^ Guideposts Magazine "Peak Performer"
  11. ^ Sundquist, Josh (August 22, 2004). "LIFE IS SHORT – Autobiography as Haiku". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Sundquist: Fulfilling God's plan". The Daily Reporter. November 21, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2009. 
  13. ^ Harris, McKinsey (February 14, 2010). "Harrisonburg Native Inspires Through National Bestseller". WHSV-3. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ CNN Aired September 20, 2007, "JOSH SUNDQUIST, CNN HERO..."
  15. ^ Reyes, Nina (September 20, 2015). "Ashley Nolan and Josh Sundquist: Which One Was the Right Ashley?". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 

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