Sport: Alpine Skiing
Classification: B3, Visually Impaired
Date of Birth: April 25, 1996
Birthplace: New York City, N.Y.
Hometown: Randolph, N.J.
Current Residence: Randolph, N.J.
High School: Morris County School of Technology ‘14
Coach: Kevin Jardine
Guide: Kim Seevers
- 2014: World Cup Copper Mountain, 5th giant slalom, 5th slalom; NorAm Winter Park, 1st giant slalom, 4th slalom; NorAm Aspen, 2nd downhill; U.S. National Championships, 2nd downhill and super-G
- 2013: World Cup New Zealand, 1st slalom; U.S. Nationals, 2nd slalom, 2nd super-G
- 2012: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st super-G, NorAm Copper Mountain, 1st slalom, 2nd Super-G, 3rd giant slalom;
- 2011: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st junior slalom, 1st junior downhill; NorAm Copper Mountain, 2nd slalom
2010: NorAm Copper Mountain, 2nd junior giant slalom, 2nd junior and open slalom
Mannella may be one of the youngest members of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing team, but she has years of experience under her belt. Mannella was born with achromatopsia, a congenital condition that seriously limits her visual acuity to three feet and causes extreme sensitivity to light. But being partially sighted never held Mannella back. When she was only 4-years-old, she was skiing down the slopes holding onto a bamboo pole between two sighted skiers.
By the time Mannella was in fifth-grade, she started racing and joined the Adaptive Sports Foundation Race Team at Windham Mountain Ski Resort in New York shortly after. Mannella started skiing with the Paralympics in mind after meeting members of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing team at the Hartford Ski Spectacular in 2008. Only three years later, Mannella was named to the development roster for Team USA. She has been skiing with 56-year-old guide Kim Seevers since age 11, though the two met when Mannella was just 4.
Mannella plans to attend Dartmouth University in the fall of ‘14. As someone who is constantly balancing the demands of high school and ski racing, it was fitting that Mannella learned of her acceptance to Dartmouth while waiting to receive her award at the Copper Mountain NorAm Cup in December of 2013.