Event: Snowboard cross
Classification: Lower Limb Impairment
Date of Birth: March 15, 1981
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Cyprus HS (Magna, Utah) ‘99
Military Service Branch: United States Navy
Military Rank: Petty Officer 2nd Class, Hospital Corpsman
Military Status: Retired
Coach: Miah Wheeler
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 8th; U.S. Paralympics Snowboard Cross National Championships, 4th; World Cup La Molina, 8th; World Cup Copper Mountain, 9th run 1, 9th run 2; World Cup Big White, 11th run 1, 11th run 2
- 2013: World Cup Landgraaf, 7th; World Cup Kelowna, 6th run 1, 8th run 2; IPCAS Copper Mountain, 2nd; IPCAS Twin Bridges, 9th; Europa Cup Landgraaf, 14th; U.S. Paralympics Snowboard Cross National Championships, 2nd
- 2011: Warrior Games competitor, shooting, cycling, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball
Burdick was born in Utah and spent much of his childhood playing soccer, basketball, swimming, and water polo. Raised by a family of physicians, he too was passionate about practicing medicine. After completing a few semesters as an undergraduate college student, he enlisted in the Navy because it would afford him opportunities to administer medical treatment during combat operations. He was assigned as a hospital corpsman to the 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. From 2007 to 2010, he deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. It was with one week left of his third deployment that Burdick’s armored vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, resulting in serious injuries to both of his feet.
He decided against amputation, instead undergoing limb salvage and intense physical therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. When he had regained enough muscular strength in his feet and lower legs, Burdick was fitted for a pair of cutting-edge braces that allowed him to stand and walk upright again. An avid snowboarder before the accident, he was introduced to the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, through the Wounded Warrior Project. There, he began training with Team Utah, a competitive snowboard team for both able-bodied and adaptive snowboarders. He excelled immediately in his first season of competition, notching five top-10 performances in world cup events.
In addition to snowboarding, Burdick has his private pilot’s license through Salt Lake Community College and has logged over 100 hours of flight time. He is an avid sailor, having sailed 900 miles across the Gulf of Mexico four separate times. He and his brother lived on his family’s sailboat for one year in Florida and another in Texas.