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!
National Team Skiers Are Raring To Go For Paralympic Year
With the opening of the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing now less than six months away, the members of the U.S. Para alpine team are in full preparation mode.
From the slopes of Saas-Fee, Switzerland, to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a number of team members have been sharing their hard work and preparation on social media lately.
Andrew Haraghey posted a shot from the USOPTC with the caption, “Home for the next couple weeks. Time to get that conditioning and leg rehab buttoned up. #adaptivenation #iamnac #usparalympics #teamusa #ipickthingsupandputthemdown #heavystuffisheavy”
The 2018 Paralympian had a short season last year after a leg injury back in November. In May he posted a shot of himself at the top of a run with the caption, “Been 15 long months out of gates. Stoked to be able to get back at it.”
Spencer Wood, who’s looking to make his second Paralympic team, also shared a similar shot from the training center, with the caption, “The sweat of my brow drips in comparison to the rivers of my competition. Change is upon us. #beijing2022”
Two-time Paralympian and gold and silver medalist Andrew Kurka added pics from Saas-Fee, breaking up a string of posts from the waters of his home in Alaska where he spent lots of time fishing this summer. He wrote: “Last day in @saasfee Switzerland! See you again in a month! #beijing2022 is on the WAYYY!”
Other posts included him on a swing with the mountains rising dramatically in the background, and a group shot of the U.S. Para alpine team writing, “The @usparaalpineski team wants to say GO FOR GOLD to all @teamusa Paralympic athletes at the @tokyo2020 Summer @paralympics!”
Nichols Talks Different Paralympic Mission
Five-time Paralympian Alana Nichols is now serving alongside eight other Paralympians and nine Olympians on the Athletes’ Commission for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028, and she recently shared with USParaAlpine.org what that appointment means.
“Representation is so important,” said Nichols, who compete in alpine skiing at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympics. “Nothing should be about us without us. I have kind of earned my stripes as a person with a disability, and as a Paralympian. I feel like, because I have that background of experience, I’m in a good position to add color and texture to how things are going to run in LA. It’s important to have eyes like mine on things as they’re beginning to develop.”
Read the full story here.
Rooting On The Summer Crew
Three-time Paralympian Jasmin Bambur is hoping to make his return to the Games this winter and win his first Paralympic medal. He was super excited to see the piece of gold that friend and Para archer Kevin Mather brought back from Tokyo recently, writing, “Now this is a Gold Medal!! Congratulations to my buddy Kevin. We are Super proud and well deserve @paraarcher"