Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para Alpine skiing. Here’s what you missed!
Summer Snow Oregon
It’s always winter somewhere.
And even if it’s not, there’s always to be found if you look in the right places.
Members of the U.S. Para alpine team are already getting some work in heading into this all-important Paralympic season with some time in Oregon, as evidenced by Thomas ’s Instagram .
In the first shot, Walsh, Ravi Drugan and Spencer Wood are high up on a snow-covered mountain. Walsh wrote, “Summer ski time brings smiles! a great first few days here in Oregon getting settled in as well as seeing some old friends. It’s going to be a !
Jasmin also posted a view from the top of the hill staring straight down at the , writing, “Put me in coach!”
A Wild(life) Ride
When he’s not on snow, 2018 ParalympianConnor Hogan stays busy on his bicycle during the offseason. He posted back in the spring about his goal to ride 1,000 miles this summer, and on a recent ride in Connecticut he found himself sharing space with an unexpected fellow trail user.
“Just your normal ride through #bear #strolling,” he wrote, along with several photos — from a safe, respectable distance — of a black bear making his way down the same trail ahead of him with some more humans off in the distance. Who doesn’t love a nice stroll?”
Not ABad View
Two-time Paralympian Stephen Lawler missed the last year because of a shoulder injury, but he, too, has been enjoying the great outdoors this summer before it’s time to hit the snow again.
Along with a gorgeous shot of mountains, a lake and some high-country flora in Colorado’s Arapaho National Forest, he posted, “Pretty awesome first camping trip of the summer!!! #Colorado#Camping#Summer#LifeIsGood#Mount.”
Winter V In S
Andrew Kurka clearly loves his summers in Alaska, what with working on his bed and breakfast and his fishing trips and other activities that take advantage of summer in the country’s most northern state. But winter’s never far from the two-time Paralympian’s mind, either.
Recently Kurka posted a throwback photo of him on the at a world championships, writing, “Throwback to my first world championships in la Molina Spain. MAN! Time flies! That must’ve been 9-10 years ago. All I can say is I’m thankful for every bruise bump and blister I’ve gotten on my journey.”
A Man Of Many Talents
Chris Waddell made a name for himself on snow, but the prolific alpine skier also competed in track and field at two summer editions of the Paralympics, winning a silver medal in the 200-meter in Sydney in 2000. Last week he lent his expertise on the summer side to the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials, serving as commentator for Peacock’s coverage of the track and field events.
“Warm, windy and at the Paralympic Trials. Check it out on Peacock. With Bill Spaulding. #showtheworld," he captioned from day two of the three-day event in Minneapolis.
Climbing For Cause
Just reading about Chance Cooke’s fundraising venture at the end of March is enough to make you tired.
Cooke’s daughter, Kate, is an active member of DREAM Adaptive Recreation in Whitefish, Montana, and in order to raise money for the program he climbed 20,651 feet on Whitefish Mountain Resort over the course of multiple unassisted trips down and back up the hill. He did it all while wearing an Elvis raised more than $8,000 for the organization.
Read all about it here.
Bay Area P Celebrates Milestone
San Francisco’s Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program, which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in numerous sports and activities, is celebrating its 45th birthday this year.