Youngest Paralympian competes for late teammate

14-year-old Australian snowboarder, Sochi's youngest Paralympian, competes for late teammate

Youngest Paralympian competes for late teammate

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- For the youngest Paralympian in Sochi, competing was about more than fulfilling a person target.

Ben Tudhope, a 14-year-old Australian snowboarder, felt a duty to honor the memory of a late teammate. Matthew Robinson died last month during a refueling stop while being transported in an air ambulance back to Australia from Spain with neck and spinal injuries from a race accident.

Tudhope said "it was just all for" Robinson after finishing 10th out of 33 on his -- and snowboarding's -- Paralympics debut.

He says "Matthew Robinson was a big encouragement for me. He just lifted my game a lot in the third run."

Tudhope has partial paralysis on his left side of his body after being born with cerebral palsy.

Updated : 2021-04-13 03:37 GMT+08:00