Andre Barbieri

Speed Nation NorAm ParaSnowboard Nationals

Hey guys,I bring great news from Canada, where I had 2 separate races in 2 days!This was an amazing experience and my first time racing Snowboard Cross (SBX), also a chance to accumulate points to enter the rankings. A couple of mishaps along the way, one could say I had the odds stacked against me, but I saw it as an opportunity.Arriving there in the evening, I would have the following day for training in the mountain (with...

Alpine Race Camp

Gidday fellow readers,In late January I had a chance to participate on an alpine race camp at Mammoth Mountain with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, which was made possible to me thanks to PossAbilities.With this same group we did some classes a couple years ago, on what was my return to snowboarding, thanks again to PossAbilities.I stayed in touch w them, and when the opportunity showed up for a skiing camp, I was proactive and asked if they would allow...

New job alert!

Dear readers, I’d like to share good news, a new job with Hanger Clinic as a Patient Advocate. It’s basically peer visiting with amputees, something I have been doing thru PossAbilities for a while already.I’m pretty excited, luckily I fit the job description well and was in the right place at the right time. Turns out Hanger bought the clinic I had been going, and some others in the region, and they want to expand their business on...

PossAbilities – Snowboarding Leg

Loma Linda University Team PossAbilities just did it again!Another dream came true in the form of a snowboarding leg! (and other action sports) Made by Biodapt, it was developed by Paralympic snowboarding champion Mike Schultz, and I always wanted one!This is a game changer. I now have a chance to compete on the same hardware as the top guys, so it’s all up to my training now.Now this is the deal: Control what I can control. Keeping...

SDTC 2019 edition:

Another year in the books for San Diego Triathlon Challenge!It’s such a good tradition, just a solid, beautiful weekend of seeing old friends, making new ones, put on good workouts and have a good time!PossAbilities was represented by Zimri Solis and myself, besides the always excellent support of Cotie Williams and also Christina Nieto & family this year!As per usual, I did the swim. Started with my rival Mark Barr, but he smoked me as usual —remember he has...

#ProstheticDiaries 2

Hey guys, I’m following up here on a theme that I wrote about last month.I thought there were so many funny/awkward/humbling moments... so why not share?* Haven’t been to yoga too often, it’s something I want to make part of my routine. Flexibility is as important as strength, sometimes maybe even more. Every time I go to a class, I tell everyone in front of the class that my leg makes some funny sounds, specially at yoga when I’m...

#ProstheticDiaries

There's so many nuances that go with wearing a prosthetic, and it can either empower or debilitate a person. It is all up to the user.I had in one of my peer visits a fresh amputee tell me girls would never like him again because of his leg. I told him it would be quite the opposite. That leg would ATTRACT girls! While I had my own uncertainties when I lost my leg, I overcame that. The leg is...

World Paratriathlon Cup Magog – Canada

Greetings fellow readers, this is a great story... it could possibly be my last race as a professional triathlete.I'll still race events for fun, but while getting paid a scholarship from Brazil just to compete, the window is closing where they'll stop paying me, because my category is not in Tokyo 2020. Also because my category is not in, I don't get my travelling and racing fees and hotels paid anymore --gotta pay out of pocket:(I was super excited...

The Art of Preparation

What is up folks, how is everyone doing?It always amazes me how much goes into preparation for a task... be it a training session, an international triathlon trip or a surf-camping trip with a baby!If you prepare early, the chances of being late or messing something up are smaller -although they still happen!Name it and chances are I already thought ahead and had it all prepared when the time came. I am known to plan things ahead of time...

2019 Annual PossAbilities Triathlon – Success!

Hey guys,For this year's PossAbilities triathlon I had the same goal as previous years --to make sure I beat Zimri! We developed this healthy rivalry, even though we're not in the same class.Tell you what, he kept me on my toes this year. For one, I wasn't training full time like before, but still had been going strong. The main fact is that Zim's new coach is a great athlete that I personally know and like, Jamie Brown. I...