December 2009: Usher Athlete Officially World's Fastest Blind Speedskater
OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2009: Kevin Frost takes home all four gold medals awarded at the Paralympic Open Blind Cup in Chelyabinsk, Russia from November 23 to 26. Not only did Frost set four world records in blind speedskating, he beat his own personal bests as he represented Canada. This is the first time Frost has ever skated against other visually-impaired athletes.
“My dream has come true,” says Frost, 42. “It was an overwhelming experience. Seven years of hard work finally paid off at this ground breaking event.”
Frost’s ultimate goal is to see speedskating included in the Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Open Blind Cup is a giant step in that direction. Blind speedskating now has a chance of being a demonstration sport in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Frost almost didn’t make it to Russia due to fundraising challenges. He struggled to raise the $5,000 he needed despite the fact he’s had plenty of experience raising money for others. Frost raised $3,000 this year to help a profoundly deaf Mexican boy who had never uttered a word. He also helped raise $12,000 a young Orleans girl could afford a life-saving operation. Frost’s drive and generosity has no limits. He continues to offer his help to young visually- and hearing-impaired children around the world.
About Kevin Frost
Kevin Frost has Type 2 Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition that has left him with 90 per cent hearing loss and only 5 per cent of his field vision. This challenge has not stopped him from breaking records in short- and long-track speed skating. Kevin is currently ranked 19th in the world among able-bodied athletes. His mission is to see speedskating included in the Paralympic Games.