Meet Para-Alpine Skier

Alana Nichols

Age 30, Farmington, N.Mex.

Paralyzed after a snowboarding accident in 2002, Nichols won a gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. She then won four medals in Alpine skiing at the Vancouver Paralympic Games, becoming the first female to win gold medals at both the summer and winter Paralympics.

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