Cycling & Skiing
September 16, 1969 (age 54) (
Massapequa, New York
Evergreen, Colorado, United States
Athletes life beyond sports with the Athlete Career Programme - Monica Bascio
Monica Bascio (born September 16, 1969) is an American Paralympic skier, biathlete, and para-cyclist. She is a 5-time para-cycling World Champion and a two-time silver medalist at the Paralympic Games.
- Athletes life beyond sports with the Athlete Career Programme Monica Bascio
- Early life and education
- Doping case
- Personal life
Early life and education
Bascio was born in Massapequa, New York. In 1992, Bascio had an accident while skiing which caused her to become a paraplegic. She moved to California after her accident and in 1999 earned a degree from San Jose State University.
At the IPC World Handcycle Championships in 2002, she won a gold medal for cycling in the individual time trial and a silver for the road race.
After five years on the U.S. handcycling team, she took up Nordic skiing in 2002 and began on the World Cup circuit in 2004. Bascio competed at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in Turin, Italy, where she finished 5th in the 10-kilometer cross country race, and 4th in the Sprint Biathlon race. Bascio placed 2nd overall in the IPC World Cup of Nordic Skiing in 2009 after winning the bronze in the 5k Paralympic Test Event at Whistler Olympic Park.
In 2011 Bascio won the overall title for the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup and won the World Championship title for both the time trial and road race at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.
In 2012, Bascio won two silver medals for her participation in Para-cycling at 2012 Paralympic Games in the individual time trial and road race.
Bascio won every UCI Para-cycling competition she entered in 2013, and again won the overall World Cup title and the World Championship title in both the road race and time trial.
On May 26, 2012 during urine testing, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) found tuaminoheptane, a banned substance that she was using prior to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup event which started a day before the test. She accepted a 3-month ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for an unintentional anti-doping rule violation and was stripped from her awards and prizes due to the violation. She apologized, and was reinstated for competition on August 26, the day before she traveled to the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Bascio resides in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband Ian and son Henry Lane, both July 8, 2008 (2008-07-08) (age 9). She works as an occupational therapist.