Park City , Utah
Some of you may remember me writing about my nephew Andrew. Andrew turned 18 last December and has been training for several years to compete in the Winter Paralympics. Rather than re-type all the details, Andrew was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) at an early age and he has a very difficult time walking. Surprisingly, or maybe more appropriate Not surprisingly, if you know Andrew, he didn't let that slow him down, and a few years ago he realized he was very capable of skiing.
Through the support of many , including Mount Snow and other sponsors, Andrew has received some of the best ski training available and has become recognized as a Paralympic contender. He has travelled extensively throughout the US and Canada this past winter competing and training. Colorado, British Columbia, this past week Park City Utah, upstate New York and the US Olympic Training Facility have all been regular stops for him this past year. At the same time he is able to keep his grades up as a High School Senior and has been offered a four year $100,000.00 scholarship to Westminster College in Utah ( close to the best ski areas).
His hard work is paying off and this past week he won his first Bronze medal in a National Race. Below is my sister's take on the past week that she just spent with Andrew as a proud mother watching him in Park City Utah. Here is her take below as well as more pictures.
To read Andrews full story as well as more info on fundraisers , go to andrewraces.com. Information on supporting Andrew's efforts are also available on the website
After we landed in Salt Lake City, we went straight to Westminster College for their incoming freshman open house. Andrew is the recipient of their Exemplary Achievement Award totaling $100,000 over the course of four years. He is very excited about going to school there.
We spent the first two days skiing together which was a rare treat. Usually he is off training and I don't get to see him ski very often. It is truly a thing of beauty.
The first three days of racing, he came in fifth and sixth. The last day he hit the jackpot. Yesterday was a fun race to raise money for the National Ability Center. We met Picabo Street and she was impressed with Andrew's skiing and wanted to try his outriggers. It was another great day.
We would like to thank Ability
PLUS at Mount Snow for supporting Andrew this season and also to the Mount Snow Race Center. Their coaches worked hard to get Andrew ready for these races. A quote from the program director when we were trying to figure out training with them was, "we will work with Andrew and help him be the best athlete he can be." Very heartwarming!
Special thanks also go out to Mau and Eric at Team Summit, CO. They have been training with Andrew for the last few years and have guided him through this crazy world of adaptive ski racing.
So the big news is, after two and a half years of competing on a National Level, Andrew has earned his first bronze medal in slalom, and I was there to see it. I can't begin to tell you how happy I am for him. It has been a long slow process and he has worked very hard for this. Hard to believe my child, who I watched struggle to walk for all those years in on a podium with athletes who had just competing in the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
The other amazing thing about this week was I got to meet some of Andrew's friends and their families. These athletes have to compete against each other and then they cheer each other on and hang out together after the races are over. You never hear them complain and the experienced athletes go out of their way to encourage the younger racers. It is something to witness and this week has been an experience I will never forget. They say a picture is worth a thousand words...
For more pictures of this wonderful week, click on the link.
This has been a life changing experience for our family and this is just the beginning. We are thankful for all the support on this amazing journey!
We are back to fundraising mode. We have a new fundraiser at Red Robin coming up in a few weeks. Hope to see you there.