Alana Nichols

Canoe/Kayak

Name: Alana Nichols
Sport: Canoe
Discipline(s): Canoe, Kayak
Event(s): Paracanoe - Women's KL2
DOB: 3/21/1983
Birthplace: Farmington, N.M.
Hometown: Farmington, N.M.
High School: Farmington High School ‘01
College: University of Arizona '06, Special Education Rehab and School Psychology; University of Alabama '08, Kinesiology (Master’s)
Paralympic Experience
  • 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: silver downhill, 4th giant slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 2nd slalom; Huntsman Cup, 1st giant slalom, 2nd slalom; World Cup Panorama, 2nd downhill, 2nd super-G, 3rd super combined; World Cup Copper Mountain, 5th giant slalom, 5th slalom; NorAm Aspen, 1st downhill; NorAm Winter Park, 1st giant slalom, 2nd slalom; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st downhill and super-G
  • 2012 Paralympic Games: 4th (wheelchair basketball)
  • 2010 Paralympic Winter Games: gold downhill and giant slalom, silver super-G, bronze super combined
  • 2008 Paralympic Games: 1st (wheelchair basketball)
World Championship Experience
  • 2016 ICF Paracanoe World Championships: 8th overall in KL2 Women's 200m
  • 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships: 9th overall in KL2 Women's 200m
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup 2: 3rd in KL1 Women's 200m
  • 2014 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 2nd slalom
  • 2014 Huntsman Cup, 1st giant slalom, 2nd slalom
  • 2014 World Cup Panorama, 2nd downhill, 2nd super-G, 3rd super combined
  • 2014 World Cup Copper Mountain, 5th giant slalom, 5th slalom
  • 2014 NorAm Aspen, 1st downhill
  • 2014 NorAm Winter Park, 1st giant slalom, 2nd slalom
  • 2014 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st downhill and super-G
  • 2013 World Cup St. Mortiz, 3rd giant slalom, 4th slalom
  • 2013 World Cup Sestriere, 3rd giant slalom run 1, 2nd giant slalom run 2, 4th slalom
  • 2013 NorAm Winter Park, 2nd giant slalom and super-G
  • Three-Time ESPY Nominee (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 2012 NorAm Copper Mountain, 1st giant slalom run 1, 3rd giant slalom run 2, 2nd super-G run 1, 1st super-G run 2
  • 2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, 1st downhill and super-G
  • 2011 Paralympic Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st downhill and super-G
  • 2011 Parapan American Games, 1st (wheelchair basketball)
  • 2011 NWBA National Champion (wheelchair basketball)
  • 2011 Colorado SportsWoman of the Year
  • 2007 Parapan American Games, 1st (wheelchair basketball)
  • 2006 IWBF World Championships, 2nd (wheelchair basketball)
Personal: Alana Nichols is a two-sport phenomenon in wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing...She grew up in Farmington, N.M., and was an avid snowboarder throughout her youth. In 2002, however, Nichols landed back-first on a rock while attempting a backflip on her snowboard. The injury caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down...Nichols didn’t let her athletic career stop there, though, as she began playing wheelchair basketball just two years later

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