Paralympian Curler Steve Emt Near Fatal Wreck Changed His Life

Hebron, CT December 15, 2021Paralympian curler, motivational speaker, and author Steve Emt is one of five members representing Team USA at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, China from March 3 to March 14, 2022. He is the only Paralympian to also compete at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

Paralympian Wheelchair Curler

Steve Emt is a seven-time National Champion.  He has competed in six World Championships and one Paralympics — the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games. Vice skip Emt is one of five players chosen from the eight-member squad and is the only Paralympian on the team.

As a member of Team USA in the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship held in April of 2021, Steve Emt has helped Team USA earn the program’s first-ever Gold Medal and thus securing a spot in the 2022 Paralympic Games.  

Motivational Speaker and Author

In addition to his pursuits as an athlete, Steve Emt is a motivational speaker and author. Known as the Decision Catalyst Speaker, Emt has spoken at schools and events across America. 

He is the author of the book You D.E.C.I.D.E., a memoir and self-help book with the same six-step action plan he has used himself to make big changes in his life.  Steve Emt uses his D.E.C.I.D.E. Action Plan, as well as his own experience with adversity to motivate and empower others. 

His book, YOU D.E.C.I.D.E., is available on Amazon.

Life Before the Accident

Born and raised in Hebron, CT, Steve Emt has been a three-sport star athlete in high school, earning several honors in soccer and basketball. After high school, Steve Emt attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he has played soccer and basketball. He later transferred to the University of Connecticut where he played basketball for legendary coach Jim Calhoun while attending the University of Connecticut. 

In 1995, a drunk driving accident left Steve Emt paralyzed from the waist down. Nine months later, Emt has returned to work/ Emt has earned his teaching degree and he has taught middle school math for twenty years while coaching for the same basketball team he once played on. 

In 2013, Steve Emit fell in love with curling. This passion would eventually lead him to become a Paralympian at the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang.

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