Josh Sundquist

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Josh Sundquist
Born (1984-08-06) August 6, 1984 (age 38)
Charlottesville, Virginia
OccupationMotivational Speaker, Comedian, Author, YouTuber
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationBachelor of Business Administration
Master's in Communications
Alma materCollege of William and Mary
University of Southern California
GenreMemoir, Fiction
Ashley Nolan
(m. 2015)

Joshua Lee Sundquist (born August 6, 1984) is an American comedian, Paralympian, and author.[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. A new show on Apple TV+ has recently been released called Best Foot Forward about his early life experiences.

Early life[edit]

Sundquist was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia as the eldest of four children.[2]

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.[3] Sundquist 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.[4]

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.[5] He later earned a Master's in Communications from the University of Southern California.

Motivational speaker[edit]

Sundquist was sixteen when he gave his first motivational talk and has been speaking to groups ever since.[6]

He is a motivational speaker who presents to groups around the United States. Sundquist's audiences and clients have included Facebook, WalMart, the White House, RE/MAX, National FFA Organization, and Children's Miracle Network.[7][8][9][10]


Since July 2018, Sundquist has performed an interactive one-man comedy show called We Should Hang Out Sometime at Santa Monica Playhouse & Group Theatre in Santa Monica. The show is based on his memoir, We Should Hang Out Sometime. [11]


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.[12]

He has been published in The Washington Post and in Newsweek's now defunct college magazine, Current.[13][14]

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.[15] It has been adapted into a television series, titled Best Foot Forward, which premieres July 22, 2022 on Apple TV+.[16] Sundquist's latest book, Semi-Famous was released on July 19, 2022.


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,[17]

Personal life[edit]

Sundquist married Ashley Elizabeth Nolan on September 19, 2015, in St. Michaels, Maryland and lives in Santa Monica, California. Sundquist proposed to Nolan in September 2014, after three years of dating.[18] They have a pekingese named Mushu.[19]


  • 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
  • Semi-Famous. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. July 2022. ISBN 9780316629744


  1. ^ "Christian City's Annual Night of Hope planned for tomorrow". The Citizen. May 19, 2010. Archived from the original on May 24, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  2. ^ WRITER, CYNTHIA MCMULLEN TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF. "Amputee's story motivates and builds online community". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  3. ^ TrendMasterGlobal "Josh Sundquist"[dead link]
  4. ^ Lemire, Joe (February 16, 2006). "Sundquist's Next Stop: Turin". The Daily News Record. Retrieved August 12, 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ MyWire "W&M Business Student Josh Sundquist Selected for U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Who is this 19 year old Josh Sundquist?". Talbronstein. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
  7. ^ The Reporter Online "The 31st Annual Statewide Convention in Review"[dead link]
  8. ^ Great St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America Council Annual Dinner Archived June 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ YPO Southern Seven Conference Master Schedule Archived October 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ FSCC Post Convention Press Release Archived August 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Carreras, Angel (July 5, 2019). "Standing out on one leg". Santa Monica Daily Press. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Guideposts Magazine "Peak Performer"
  13. ^ Sundquist, Josh (August 22, 2004). "LIFE IS SHORT – Autobiography as Haiku". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
  14. ^ "Sundquist: Fulfilling God's plan". The Daily Reporter. November 21, 2008. Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009.
  15. ^ Harris, McKinsey (February 14, 2010). "Harrisonburg Native Inspires Through National Bestseller". WHSV-3. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  16. ^ "Apple TV+ announces summer lineup of kids series, including "Duck & Goose," "Best Foot Forward," "Amber Brown," "Surfside Girls" and "Life By Ella"". Apple TV+ Press (Press release). May 13, 2022. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  17. ^ "CNN Newsroom: Thousands Turn Out to Support Jena Six; Will Mortgage Crisis Escalate?". CNN. September 20, 2007. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  18. ^ JoshSundquist (October 22, 2014). "How I Proposed 💍". Archived from the original on February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ Reyes, Nina (September 20, 2015). "Ashley Nolan and Josh Sundquist: Which One Was the Right Ashley?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016.

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