Paralympian Steve Emt's Near-Fatal Wreck Changed His Life
By: Olivia Almagro
Steve 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 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 is a motivational speaker and author. Known as the Decision Catalyst Speaker, Steve 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 used himself to make big changes in his life. Steve uses his DECIDE Action Plan as well as his own experience with adversity to motivate and empower others to lead successful lives. His book, You D.E.C.I.D.E., is available on Amazon.
LIFE BEFORE THE ACCIDENT
Born and raised in Hebron, CT, Steve was a three-sport star athlete in high school, earning several honors in soccer and basketball. After high school, Steve attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he played soccer and basketball. He later transferred to the University of Connecticut where he played basketball for legendary coach Jim Calhoun.
In 1995, a drunk driving accident left Steve paralyzed from the waist down. Nine months later, Steve returned to work. He earned his teaching degree and taught middle school math for twenty years while coaching for the same basketball team he once played on. In 2013, Steve fell in love with curling. This passion would eventually lead him to become a Paralympian at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang.