Alpine Roundup: Alana Nichols Pays Tribute To Conan O’Brien
By Karen Price |
Aug. 12, 2021, 11:45 a.m. (ET)
Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Paraalpine skiing. Here’s what you missed!
Alana Nichols Pays Tribute to Conan
Five-time Paralympian Alana Nichols used social media to bid farewell to Conan O’Brien as the late night talk show host ended his run after 28 years. But while lots of fans were sad to see the funny man leave, Nichols had a more personal connection.
She was actually on the show, and shared a photo of her with O’Brien.
“Through the magic of two powerful women; my PR powerhouse at the time @moswopr and Conan’s talent exec @brittkahn I, a female Paralympic athlete got to sit in that coveted chair sandwiched between Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien.
“A nervous wreck I pushed up that ramp onto the stage (possibly the only wheelchair on that stage ever) and hugged Conan and high-fived/shaked Andy’s hand just before transferring to THE chair… we did the thing… we chatted about the Paralympics, how fast I drive and how I get out of tickets/gold medals and then when it came to show my last clip… I dropped the Most classic Paul Rudd prank of all time on him… Mac and Me!”
If you want to check out the clip — and the prank — here it is:
Waddell Hosts Summer Paralympian Romanchuk
Chris Waddell wasn’t just a Winter Paralympian. He had a legendary alpine skiing career, but Waddell also competed in track and field, earning the silver medal in the 200-meter event in 2000.
In his latest podcast he talks to para track and field and marathon star Daniel Romanchuk, who’ll be competing in Tokyo in just a few short weeks, writing: “The man to beat in Tokyo! New Episode available today! It’s exciting to see when everything comes together for an athlete. Daniel makes going fast look really simple and that’s when you know that it’s going great. He’s humble and respectful, but is also striking fear in the hearts of his competitors.”
Want to work in Aspen this winter? Challenge Aspen is hiring apprentice pros to work with athletes with cognitive and/or physical disabilities and take part in adaptive skiing and snowboarding.
According to the job description, “This position is designed for people interested in learning and gaining knowledge in the adaptive snow sports and recreation industries. Apprentice Pros will be trained both on snow and indoors on disabilities, assist with adaptive skiing or snowboarding instruction and become educated on adaptive equipment before and during the ski season.
“Ideal candidates are those who are looking to develop the skills and knowledge to become adaptive and/or alpine ski instructors or to gain the necessary experience to work in the adaptive recreation, adventure tourism, snow sports and ski resort industries.”
Throwing It Back
Two-time Paralympian Stephen Lawler got ready for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in July by thinking back to one of his own Opening Ceremony experiences, writing, “With opening ceremonies tomorrow I'm pumped to root on Team USA! LET'S GO!!! #USA#olympics#paralympics#tokyo2021#sochi2014#pyeongchang2018."
Granted, there aren’t any U.S. athletes on World Para Alpine Skiing’s list of top six moments from last season. But with only a handful of U.S. athletes competing during one weekend in Europe because of the pandemic last year, consider this a look at some of the competition that Team USA athletes might see at 2022’s world championships and Paralympics.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to USParaAlpine,org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.