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NSCD Competition Athletes

NSCD Alpine

AlanaNicholsFlag_webAlana Nichols, Denver, CO
Disability: Paraplegic

Alana is a gold medalist in wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing. In 2002, Santa Fe Ski Resort offered Nichols a grant that would allow her to learn adaptive skiiing. She took on mono-skiing and excelled quickly. After returning from the 2008 Paralympic Games, Nichols began competing with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park, CO. At the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Nichols was the top medal winner for Team USA. She took home two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

STANTON_webJamie Stanton, Denver, CO
Disability: Below knee amputee

Jamie attends the University of Denver and has been an NSCD athlete since 2011. In 2011 and 2012 Jamie placed first in the Michigan Adaptive Sports Skiing State Championship. In Jamie’s first ever Paralympic race he won two gold medals for the junior division in giant slalom and slalom. This was followed by two more gold medals in Park City, Utah in the men’s standing category for slalom and giant slalom.

Bambur_Jasmin_webJasmin Bambur, Winter Park, CO
Disability: Paraplegic

January 13, 2000 while driving home Jas fell asleep at the wheel and hit a guardrail and was given a small chance to survive. After learning he could no longer use his legs he decided to fight for the life he always dreamed of regardless of the obstacles. In 2010 Jasmin was the 1st Serbian to compete in the winter Paralympics. Two years ago he decided to part ways with Serbia and became a US Citizen and now is on the US Adaptive Ski Team.

Lawler racing_webStephen Lawler, Colorado Springs, CO
Disability: Spina Bifida

Stephen was the first adaptive ski racer to represent Vermont in high school ski competitions and competed for several years with the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (VASS) ski team throughout middle and high school. After graduating high school he moved to Winter Park CO and started training with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). Stephen’s goal is to make the US Paralympic Team and compete in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

Tyler Carter_webTyler Carter, Topton, PA
Disability: Below knee amputee

At age one, Tyler had his right leg amputated below the knee due to a birth defect called fibularhemomila, meaning he was born without his fibula. He got into skiing at an early age and was recruited to join the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) Alpine Race Team in 2004. Dedicating all of his time and energy he quickly moved up in the ski world. After years of hard work and training Tyler got his first World Cup start at Copper, CO in January 2014 and finished respectively in 20th place. Shortly after that Tyler was named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team and competed in the Giant Slalom Race at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics where he finished 26th.

BethRequist_webBeth Requist, Grand County, CO
Disability: Paraplegic

Beth lost the use of her legs after a seemingly harmless jump off a rock into the Upper Colorado River. A Grand County native, Beth returned to skiing with the NSCD nordic program. “I was a snowboarder before my accident,” she said. “I got out of the hospital in November and I immediately emailed the NSCD (National Sports Center for the Disabled) to find out about cross country and alpine.” Officials told her she couldn’t participate in alpine until a year after the accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Now she’s not even sure she’ll ski alpine, except recreationally. Beth was named to the 2013-14 Paralympic Nordic Development Team.

NSCD Nordic

DDan_Cnossen_weban Cnossen, Winter Park, CO
Disability: Double amputee

Dan found his way to nordic biathlon through recruitment after losing both legs in 2009 while serving as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. Not long after, Cnossen was indoor rock climbing and swimming, but he quickly grew to love skiing. Cnossen even moved to Winter Park, Colo. Cnossen did not grow up skiing or shooting. He jokes that people give him way too much credit for an ability to fire a gun, which isn’t exactly like anything in military duty. The SEALs aren’t exactly firing air rifles. “I’m still new at this,” he said. “Still learning what pace I can get away with. I’m continuing to train to be a faster skier, because that’s what I’m best at.”

 NSCD Emerging Athletes

Tyler_McKenna_webTy McKenna, Castle Rock, CO
Disability: Amputee

Ty was born in the Anhui Province in Eastern China and came to be with his family at age 7. Ty is an exceptional student at Castle View High School where he enjoys weight lifting and plays the saxophone in the school band. Ty has a tremendous passion for downhill skiing and learning all aspects of the sport. Along with skiing, Ty has many interests including fox hunting with his horse Rebel, hunting, fishing and volunteering for the Shrine Hospital and Disabled Veteran charity events.

sarah_holm_webSarah Holm, Baraboo, WI
Disability: Paraplegic

Sarah was an able bodied skier for 10 years. In 2004 she was diagnosed with paralyzing tumors on her spinal cord, at age 11. The tumors grew back 4 different times, before she ended up having the lower portion of her spine severed in 2009 which caused partial paralysis in her legs. Sarah was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin in December of 2009. Her wish was to learn to ski with adaptive equipment. Since then, she has been named to the U.S. Paralympic Development Team and is currently training for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.