Ravi Drugan at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. (Photo: Joe Kusumoto)
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!
Case Of Drugan’s Missing Bags
While Paralympian Ravi Drugan made it to Norway for a U.S. training camp, somehow his bags didn’t.
Drugan went over four days without luggage, which is a nightmare for any traveler. But there are worse places than Jondal, a skiing village in western Norway, to be stranded without your belongings.
“Jondal is beautiful and the weather is awesome,” Drugan wrote on Instagram. “Still making the best of training getting lots of time in the gym and exploring.”
Drugan made the most of his time while waiting for his bags.
Skiing On The Glacier
Allie Johnson, who competed in four events during her Paralympic debut earlier this year in Beijing, was one of the U.S. alpine skiers who did make it to the top of the hill at FONNA Glacier Ski Resort in Jondal.
“Feeling on top of the world,” she posted on Instagram.
And here are some more images of the camp, as posted by U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing:
Four-time Paralympian Danelle Umstead took off for Bali, Indonesia, for summer vacation with her family. Danelle, son Brocton and husband/skiing guide Rob posed for a photo inside a heart-shaped wicker seat at Amed Beach.
“Showing the family spirit. Always together unconditionally,” Danelle posted on Instagram.
Meanwhile, four-time Paralympian Jasmin Bambur found a new accessory while on vacation with his family.
Third Time’s The Charm For Hogan
Two-time Paralympian Connor Hogan is banking on the third time being the charm as he looks ahead toward the Paralympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026.
Hogan, a standing skier, had to leave the Winter Games early this year in Beijing after a hard crash in the super-G on the second day of competition. He has completely recovered and already motivated for the next Games.
“There’s kind of a saying,” he said in a story for USParaAlpineSkiing.org. “You go to the first one (Paralympic Games) to enjoy it, you go to the second one to experience it, you go to the third one to win.”
Read more about Connor’s journey here.
Problem On The Slopes? Go See A.J.
A.J. Hoelke is entering his second season as service technician for the U.S. Para alpine ski team. He takes care of the equipment for all the skiers over five disciplines. Trust is his game.
“They need to turn on a dime,” Hoelke said of the U.S. skiers. “And there’s got to be trust there when they go to the start gate — and that’s usually where I’m at on race days. Building confidence is big in how I view my job.”
Read more about the man behind the skis in this USParaAlpineSkiing.org story.
Ice Cream Day
Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a training home for many U.S. Paralympians and Olympians.
But it’s also a pretty good place for ice cream on a hot summer day; just ask three-time Paralympian Tyler Carter.
“My office for the day,” he posted on Instagram. “Lots of ice cream eating … I mean work, getting lots of work done.”
Happy 74th, Paralympics
July 29 marked the 74th anniversary of the Paralympic Movement , and it was celebrated by many, including @Paralympics on social media.
The Paralympic Games account tweeted about Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the role he played in starting the first form of the Paralympic Games, known originally as the Stoke Mandeville Games. The first event in central England was held concurrently with the 1948 Olympic Games to the south in London.
The Paralympic Movement is 74 today!🎉🎈#OnthisDay, the 29th July 1948, Sir Ludwig Guttmann opened the very first Stoke Mandeville Games. These later became the #Paralympics.— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) July 29, 2022
We owe everything to Sir Ludwig's pioneering vision. pic.twitter.com/HtEqNWYa7n
You can get a roughly 90 second history lesson on the origins of the Paralympics here.