Paralympian Alana Nichols makes history with first adaptive ski descent of Silverton Mountain

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Paralympian Alana Nichols makes history with first adaptive ski descent of Silverton Mountain

Adaptive skier makes historic first sit-ski descent

Alana Nichols is first paralympian to descend Silverton Mountain. She is training to compete in the Summer Olympics as a kayaker.

Alana Nichols career highlights

Alpine Skiing
2009: U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, first in downhill and Super-G.
2010: Paralympic Winter Games, gold in downhill and giant slalom, silver in super-G, bronze super combined.
2011: IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, first in downhill and super-G; paralympic Athlete of the Year.
2014: Paralympic Winter Games, silver in downhill, fourth in giant slalom.
Paracanoe
2015: ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup 2, bronze in KL2 women’s 200 meter; ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships, ninth in KL2 women’s 200 meter.
Wheelchair Basketball
2008: Paralympic Games, first.
2011: Colorado SportsWoman of the Year.
2012: Paralympic Games, first.
Other
2016: First adaptive ski descent of Silverton Mountain
Three-time ESPY Award nominee.
Durango Herald

Paralympian Alana Nichols makes history with first adaptive ski descent of Silverton Mountain

Two-time Paralympic alpine skier Alana Nichols, originally from Farmington, made history last weekend when she became the first adaptive skier to make a descent down Silverton Mountain on a sit-ski.
Alana Nichols, right, said the stoke was high in Silverton for her historic first sit-ski descent of Silverton Mountain. She shared the experience with four other skiers and snowboarders, including Todd Bove, owner of Silverton Ski & Bike. “We were skiing one of North America’s steepest mountains with a world-class athlete, and that was really humbling,” Bove said.
Alana Nichols has skied at the highest level for the United States Paralympic alpine ski team. After earning two gold medals at the Winter Paralympics in Vancouver in 2010, Nichols added a silver medal in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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