NSCD Competition Athletes
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.
Tyler 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.
Beth Requist, Grand County, CO
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 Emerging Athletes
Ty McKenna, Castle Rock, CO
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, Baraboo, WI
Sarah Holm is remembered for many things; her infectious laugh, advocating for athletes with disabilities and her love of racing. Our community was at loss for words when we heard that Sarah had died in a 2016 car crash. Sarah’s story began at age 12 when she developed tethered cord syndrome that caused tumors to attach to her spinal cord. This diagnosis led to four years of surgeries and resulted in the removal of the lower half of her spine causing her to lose the use of her legs. This did not stop Sarah from continuing her life and it opened a whole world of opportunities. Sarah was named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Development Team under the guidance of the NSCD Competition Center. It was easy to forget that she had a disability because of her joyous personality and ability to make others feel at ease. Having had the opportunity to know Sarah truly made people’s lives better. We are honored to have had the chance to ski with her and are honored to dedicate the World Disabled Invitational in Sarah’s memory.
Alana Nichols, Denver, CO
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.
Jamie 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.
Stephen 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.
Dan 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.”