Meet Colorado’s Olympic hopefuls.
Trains In: Winter Park with the National Sports Center for the Disabled
Started Skiing: Age 14
Biggest Accomplishment: First American female to win gold in both the summer (women’s wheelchair basketball) and winter Paralympic Games
Preferred Mountains: Telluride, Durango, Wolf Creek
Training Regimen: Skis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by two hours in the gym; yoga and Pilates
Favorite (Other) Winter Olympic Sport to Watch: Alpine ski racing
Indomitable Spirit: “My brother passed away the summer before the Vancouver Games. Just before pushing out of the gate for the second run of the giant slalom I started crying. I prayed to my brother for strength. When I got to the bottom and realized I’d won the gold, it was an incredibly spiritual feeling. My brother was every part of that.”