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Help needed for ski races

Dear Editor:

On March 25 through 28, some of the world’s best adaptive athletes will compete in downhill and super G on Racer’s Edge at Tiehack during the U.S. Alpine Adaptive Championships.

These inspirational athletes have either been injured in combat, sustained an injury in some unfortunate accident or have a medical condition that has limited their physical mobility. Every one of these athletes has an amazing quest to thrive, determination and grit to show the world and themselves that they are capable of some of the most amazing feats. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and hosted by the Paralympic Alpine Development Program – Aspen, Aspen Skiing Co. and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. Many of the competitors are members of the U.S. Paralympic Team bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals from World Cup competition.

Athletes will compete in three different categories – standing, sitting and visually impaired. Sit-ski athletes will reach speeds of 70 mph. Visually impaired athletes will depend upon their sighted guides and their hearing to help them navigate at dangerous speeds. Standing athletes may head down the hill on only one leg or appear able bodied and yet have internal physical issues that are not visible.

There are many different individual challenges that each of these athletes faces, but they are out there, pushing the limits, loving life and reminding the able-bodied folks of our planet how to keep their “issues” in perspective.

We need volunteers to help us make this a successful event. Please step forward and join us either part time or full time for the four days of this race. No experience is necessary on a number of the positions, just a willingness to assist these brave men and women.

If a volunteer does not have a seasons pass, we will supply you with daily lift tickets for each day you volunteer, and if you work two or more full days we will give you additional lift tickets. For more information and/or to volunteer, please contact Anne Adams at 970-205-5159 or Beth Hansen at 970-205-5101.

If you are not able to volunteer, please come and support these amazing athletes, whom you will most likely see competing in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Anne Adams

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club


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