Andrew Kurka hits the slopes in 2018. (Photo: Joe Kusumoto)
Andrew Kurka is spilling the tea.
OK, not really.
But the Paralympic gold and silver medalist and monoskier is sharing what you need to know about getting started in his sport in a new video series he’s been posting to his social media channels. His first video, sponsored by Enabling Technologies, was on the basic proper body positions of a monoskier making turns down the mountain.
“If you are just starting to monoski, you are just starting to race, you are just starting to get into the business of getting shreddy and getting gnar and you’re like, ‘Yo, I want to go for it,’ this is the video for you,” he says by way of introduction.
Kurka followed that with a video sponsored by Barracuda Foundation on how to load and unload on the chairlift.
You can also find both videos plus others on YouTube at this link.
Umstead launches new nonprofit
Three-time Paralympian Danelle Umstead has been encouraging others to follow their dreams for years, and now she’s co-founder of a new nonprofit to help support women and girls with disabilities. Partnering with disability advocate Bonita Hutchison, Umstead launched the Sisters in Sports Foundation on International Women’s Day. The organization will provide mentorship, education and community for women and girls involved in sports in order to help them achieve their goals, remain active and support one another.
Learn more about her organization by clicking here.
A closer look at prosthetic design
Outside Magazine checked in with Paralympic snowboarder and gold medalist Mike Schultz to learn more about his business, BioDapt Inc., making prosthetics for athletes in snowboarding, skiing and other high-performance action sports. The segment also features Christy Wise, an Air Force pilot and sister of two-time Olympic gold medalist and free skier David Wise, as she gets back on the race course using Schultz’s gear. Wise, who grew up skiing and raced on the Air Force Academy team, is now thinking of pursuing the Paralympics. Check it out here.
Behind the lens at the Paralympic Winter Games
What’s it like to capture the images that show the world what happens at the Paralympic Winter Games? The folks at paralympic.org asked four photographers to share their memories and impressions of working at the Winter Games.
"My goal was to honor the athletes by illustrating their strength and intensity while they were competing.”
Thank you to the incredible photographers capturing moments of greatness at the Paralympic Games.
Can't wait to see you in Beijing! @Paralympics https://t.co/P6zRxOtuux
Scouting the competition
Want to know who Team USA athletes will be up against in Beijing next year? You might want to read the Europa Cup season wrap-up over at Paralympic.org.
Haraghey’s rough season takes another turn
Paralympian Andrew Haraghey shared an early-season photo back in October of him in bed with his right foot in an air cast propped up on a pillow along with the photo of an X-ray. He shared more bad news recently. This time it was another X-ray showing a screw, along with the caption, “Not the most stellar luck this year. 2 days from getting back in a ski boot and I manage a partial toe fracture. Real bummer cause that ends my season for sure at the time that I was making the most progress to come back. Guess I just gotta get ready for bike season now.”
Paralympic hopeful profiled
Shelby Estocado suffered a spinal cord injury while snowboarding last year, but she’s already thinking about her future as a Paralympic monoskier. The Las Vegas Sun profiled the 24-year-old, who has been learning the sport with the help of the High Fives Foundation and five-time Paralympic medalist Alana Nichols.