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Alpine Roundup: With Beijing Just Around The Corner, U.S. Skiers Are Shaping Up

By Karen Price | July 14, 2021, 11:27 a.m. (ET)

Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para alpine skiing. Heres what you missed!

The Beijing Games Are Just Around The Corner

It may be hard to believe with the heat stretching across most of the United States and the Tokyo Olympics coming up later this month, but the Beijing Winter Paralympics will be here in no time.

A number of U.S. athletes spent some time on the snow in the Pacific Northwest recently, including 2018 Paralympian Andrew Haraghey. The downhill and super-G competitor in PyeongChang had his 2020-21 season cut drastically short when he was injured during a Team USA training camp in Austria last fall, but from the sound of his recent Instagram post his comeback is progressing nicely. He wrote:

May not be back to 100%, but 300% better than how I started the training camp! Glad to be back at it!



Fellow 2018 Paralympian Thomas Walsh also posted his shot from atop Palmer Glacier on Mt. Hood in Oregon.


The Paralympic Winter Games Beijing begin on March 4, 2022, just six months after the Tokyo Games wrap up.

Meeting ONations

The World Para Snow Sports annual Nations Meetings took place online in June, with almost 90 representatives from 50 National Paralympic Committees meeting virtually for the second year in a row because of ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Alpine, Nordic and snowboarding all had separate sessions, and a Combined Nations Meeting wrapped things up. Discussions included sports development over the next seasons and recent discussions from the Working Groups and Sport Technical Committees of the different sports, and participants were also updated on upcoming competitions including the world championships, 2022 Paralympic Winter Games and 2023 world championships. The Beijing organizing committee gave updates on the various venues. Read more about it here.

Getting Some Laughs

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Famer Chris Waddell is back with a new podcast, and his latest Living It” installment features comedian and Paralympian Josh Blue. Blue, who has cerebral palsy, competed on the U.S. soccer team at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens and went on to win Last Comic Standing in 2006. He recently had a successful first-round audition on Americas Got Talent.

Waddell writes, You know how you have those people, who were involved in your world, then they went on to do great things and even though you never knew them well, you enjoy telling their story as someone who made it. Josh is one of those people for me. I never knew him well, but I loved seeing his success. It was an honor to get to talk with him on the podcast.

Find the link on Waddells Instagram:



Taking On Denali

Adaptive skiers Pete McAfee and Vasu Sojitra recently completed whats believed to be the first disabled ski descent of Denali in Alaska, and the expedition will be showcased in a short documentary scheduled to debut this winter.

 

Sojitra wrote on his Facebook page:

 

What does disability mean to you? More so, what does ability mean to you? From grit and character to opportunity and access, the past 3 weeks were one hell of a trip building on just that.

 

As the subtitle shares, (McAfee) and I summited and skied off the top of Denali, making us the first Disabled people to do so. And this for one second wouldntve been possible without the selfless care from our team comprised of @erichroepke, @steinretzlaff, @tedhesser, @benjifarrar, @plp_mcafee, and myself.

 

Again these First Disabled Descents (FDD) are not about me or Pete or any one individual person. These FDDs are to showcase and represent the power we as Disabled people have when provided access to opportunities and resources in an equitable manner.

 

You can read more about the expedition in Outside Magazine.

Karen Price

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to USParaAlpineSkiing.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.