Last week, Dave Brennan took a look at the history of adaptive racing, Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) and NASTAR. This week, we present a few athletes who are rising above it to shine on their home courses.
Noah Hotchkiss 17, Durango, Colorado:
“To have the opportunity to race on our home mountain, on a consistent course where we could monitor progress was essential to Noah’s development as a racer. Without the partnership between NASTAR and DSUSA it wouldn’t have been nearly as effective of a training tool.” — Jason Hotchkiss, Noah’s father.
Insha Ifsar 17, Okemo, Vermont
“I like skiing and competing, because I enjoy winning and being successful. Skiing makes me feel stronger and helps relieve the stress of school. Don’t be afraid of falling, you can always get back up.”
Kyle Taulman 14, Winter Park, Colorado
“…when I watched the Paralympics and saw how fast they were going I knew I wanted to be like them. I am preparing for a big race for me at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire where I hope to get more recognition and further my dream of going to the Paralympics.”