Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

On Paper Details:

Scott was injured in a work accident at the age of 20 in 1982 which cost him both his legs.
Born: December 23, 1961
Olympic Games:
• 1998 Seoul Athletics – Wheelchair racing
• 2002 Salt Lake City Alpine Giant Slalom (Bronze)
• 2004 World Championship Austria Super Giant Slalom (Silver)
• Torino 2006 Alpine Skiing

Scott’s Voice:  “It’s hard for me to take no for an answer”.

It was only one year after that I discovered sports and grew a passion to challenge myself. The disability left me lacking the freedom I used to know, the freedom to act on impulse and go wherever my hearts desire. I found myself confined and restricted and it was through cycling and skiing that I found my freedom again, the ability to glide down a slope or speed along a road and feel superhuman. I was on a mission to prove to myself that I could do it, that I could challenge myself beyond my disability.

Photographers Notes:

Scott is a sweet and solid person. He was actually the first athlete to participate in my project and did not find that intimidating whatsoever but actually an honour (since some of the other athletes were hesitant to participate before knowing who else was on board). His easygoing nature actually helped put me at ease rather than the other way around, considering it was a semi-nude photo shoot. My impression of Scott was ‘what you see is what you get’ relaxed and laidback but every so often he would say something that made me pause and that is why I love this photo of Scott. It shows that there is more to him then meets the eye.

Sharon Tenenbaum