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Athlete

It wasn’t my plan to become a professional athlete. It became my destiny. I have always been competitive and athletic. I love the thrill of using one’s own power, strength or flexibility to score a goal, achieve the fastest time in a race, or soar beyond my limitations real or perceived. I push myself. I expect excellence and I do not shy away from discipline. I know first hand that this moment is the only one we truly have and I am committed to making it count.

The seemingly insurmountable challenge of no longer having legs, was so difficult and extreme beyond my imagination that it forced me to fight if I was going to maintain my independence. That fight began with a single pull-up in my hospital bed and evolved into relentless search for the sport I could dedicate myself too.

It took not only finding the sport, but the coach who could lead me to my best athletic performance. Marcel Kuonen, then head coach of the National Ability Center and former Swiss Ski Team racer himself, saw the potential in me and sparked the vision for me to recreate myself – with no legs as the best alpine ski racer in the world. But so much more than results, Marcel and I cultivated a love and respect that grew into a life long committed union. Yes, I married my coach.

Something about the word athlete implies “alone” but that was anything but my experience. My success is truly as a result of a remarkable team. People who believe in me and have shown their support in many ways through the generous gift of their time, expertise and even finances. Thanks to them, I have realized my dream of winning an Olympic gold Medal – twice…and so much more.

The perfect alchemy of opportunity, will, love and guidance brought me to the mountain. In many ways ski racing filled me with so much purpose, it saved my life, by filling it with joy.

OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

  • 2010 Vancouver Gold Medalist Super Combined
  • 2010 Vancouver Silver Medalist Giant Slalom
  • 2010 Vancouver Silver Medalist Slalom
  • 2006 Torino Gold Medalist in Slalom
  • 2002 Salt Lake City Bronze Medalist in Downhill

4-TIME WORLD CHAMPION

  • 2009 World Champion in Slalom High One, Korea
  • 2009 World Champion in Giant Slalom High One, Korea
  • 2009 World Champion in Super Combined High One, Korea
  • 2004 World Champion in Slalom Wildschonau, Austria

5-TIME OVERALL WORLDCUP CHAMPION

  • 2007 Overall World Cup Champion
  • 2007 Slalom Overall World Cup Champion
  • 2007 Giant Slalom Overall World Cup Champion
  • 2006 Slalom Overall World Cup Champion
  • 2004 Slalom Overall World Cup Champion

24 WORLD CUP VICTORIES

  • 2013 Slalom Coronet Peak, NZ
  • 2013 Slalom Coronet Peak, NZ
  • 2013 Super Combined Mt. Hutt, NZ
  • 2013 Super G Mt. Hutt, NZ
  • 2013 Giant Slalom Thredbo, Australia
  • 2013 Giant Slalom Thredbo, Australia
  • 2013 Slalom Thredbo, Australia
  • 2009 Super G High One, Korea
  • 2009 Super Combined High One, Korea
  • 2009 Giant Slalom La Molina, Spain
  • 2007 Slalom Kimberley, Canada
  • 2007 Slalom Aspen CO, USA
  • 2007 Slalom Aspen CO, USA
  • 2007 Giant Slalom Aspen CO, USA
  • 2006 Slalom Artesina, Italy
  • 2005 Slalom Steamboat CO, USA
  • 2004 Slalom Sestriere, Italy
  • 2004 Slalom Kimberley, Canada
  • 2004 Slalom Kimberley, Canada
  • 2004 Slalom Tignes, France
  • 2003 Slalom Abtenau, Austria
  • 2003 Slalom Wildschonau, Austria
  • 2003 Slalom Wildschonau, Austria
  • 2002 Giant Slalom Queyras, France

OVERALL EUROPEAN CUP CHAMPION

  • 2003 Koralpe, Austria

11-TIME US NATIONAL CHAMPION

  • 2013 Slalom Park City, UT
  • 2010 Giant Slalom Big Sky, MT
  • 2009 Slalom Winter Park, CO
  • 2007 Giant Slalom, Slalom Waterville Valley, NH
  • 2005 Slalom Vail, CO
  • 2004 Giant Slalom, Slalom Vail, CO
  • 2003 Super G, Giant Slalom Big Sky, MT
  • 2000 Slalom Mt. Snow, VT
  • 2011 Magic of Play Inspiration Award Shane’s Inspiration
  • 2011 Courage Award Tempe Sports Authority Foundation
  • 2010 ESPY Award Nominee Best Female Athlete With a Disability
  • Utah Ski Archives 2010 History Maker Award
  • 2009 USOC Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year
  • Ski Racing Magazine’s 2009 US Adaptive Skier of the Year
  • Sports Illustrated: Faces in the Crowd
  • 2007 ESPY Award Nominee Best Female Athlete With a Disability
  • Ski Racing Magazine’s 2007 US Adaptive Skier of the Year
  • Utah Ski Archives 2006 History Maker Award
  • 2006 USSA Chairman’s Special Recognition Olympic/Paralympic Champions Award
  • 2006 Co-Grand Marshall of the Park City 4th of July Parade with Olympic Gold Medalist Ted Ligety
  • 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torchbearer
  • Salute to Champions AFMLA Award (Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles)
  • 388th Fighter Wing Safety Day Guest Speaker Award
  • Hill Air Force Base Honorary Wing Commander
  • 1998 PCLA PROAwards “Award of Excellence” 1st Place for Pro Bono Work
  • Competitor Magazine’s 1996 Challenge Award for the Athlete of the Year
  • Los Angeles Times “Face of 1996”

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