I am a Paralympic ski racer born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, and currently living and training in Colorado. I was a member of the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Teams, and my goal is to represent the United States again at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
I was born with L2-5 spina bifida and first tried skiing at 6 years old. My mom tells me I thought the monoski was a sled, and I went straight down the hill. Ten years later, I went on to become the first adaptive ski racer in the state of Vermont to represent a high school ski team in competition. My senior year, I was named captain. Throughout middle and high school, I also skied with the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (VASS) ski team. After high school, I moved to Colorado to train full-time through the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park.
I worked my way up through the international ranks in 2011 and 2012, In 2013 I won my first IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships medal, a silver in downhill. I’m not the only fast one in my family — my dad was a rally car racer and won the 1998 U.S. Championships.
I was named to Team USA for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and traveled with the team to Russia. However, due to shoulder surgery earlier in the season, the medical staff did not clear me to compete. It was an amazing trip, and I gained a lot of experience that ultimately helped me prepare for the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
I experienced another shoulder injury late in 2017. I was faced with the decision to either have surgery right away and miss the 2018 Paralympics, or to continue reduced training and ultimately race in PyeongChang with a shoulder that was not 100%. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to compete for the U.S. on sport’s biggest stage, I chose to wait on surgery and race to the best of my ability in PyeongChang. I competed in downhill, giant slalom and super-G, earning a top-20 finish in downhill.
I had shoulder surgery soon after the 2018 Paralympics and spent most of the 2018-19 season in recovery. I look forward to returning to competition healthy again this fall, working toward the ultimate goal of Beijing 2022.