Sport: Nordic Skiing
Events: Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Classification: LW12, Sitting
Date of Birth: October 14, 1985
Birthplace: Silver City, N.M.
Hometown: Deming, N.M.
Current Residence: Champaign, Ill.
High School: Deming HS (Deming, N.M.) ‘04
College: University of Illinois-Champaign ‘15, Nutrition
Military Service Branch: United States Marine Corps.
Military Rank: Lance Corporal
Military Status: Retired
Coach: James Upham
- 2013: U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Championships, 6th 10km and 15km; World Cup Cable, Wis., 9th sprint, 12th 10km, 11th 15km, 12th 7.5km biathlon, 13th 12.5km biathlon; Named to U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Development Team
Travis Dodson is a retired Marine Lance Corporal who was serving a tour in Iraq on Valentine’s Day 2007 when he was struck by a grenade tossed into the second-story room where he was staying. The blast took off Dodson’s left leg at the hip and right leg below the knee. For his service in combat, Dodson was awarded a Purple Heart.
Dodson, a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, became involved in a variety of adaptive sports soon after his accident. He competes in wheelchair track through UI’s wheelchair athletics program, and he has completed multiple wheelchair marathons and half-marathons.
Dodson underwent rehabilitation at both the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the Center for the Intrepid, which serves outpatients of the Brooke Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He is also a member of Team Semper Fi, an organization whose mission is to aid injured veterans in returning to athletics and physical activity.