Front Range

To Russia, With Love

Meet Colorado’s Olympic hopefuls.

January 2014

AlanaNichols

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.”

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