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Paralympic Gold Medalist, Three-Time Gold Medalist in Alpine Skiing & Basketball
Alana has been an athlete all of her life, but it wasn’t until a spinal cord injury in 2000 that redirected her career into a different kind of success story. As the first female American athlete to win gold medals in both summer and winter Paralympic/ Olympic Games, Alana competed in Sochi in Alpine Skiing where she won silver in Downhill and finished in 4th place for Giant Slalom. In May, Alana received an honor higher than any medal as she was inducted into the inaugural Superman Hall of Heroes celebrating real-life heroes!
Paralympic Results2014 Paralympic Winter Games – Silver Medal Downhill; 4th place Giant Slalom2012 Paralympic Summer Games – 4th place Wheelchair Basketball2010 Paralympic Winter Games – Two Gold Medals: Downhill & Giant Slalom; Silver Medal Super-G; Bronze Medal Super Combined2008 Paralympic Summer Games – Gold Medal Wheelchair Basketball
Career Highlights2014 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 1st Downhill and Super-G2011 Parapan American Games – Gold Medal!2011 World Champion – Downhill Super-G2011 Paralympic Athlete of the Year2011 Colorado Sports Woman of the Year2011 NWBA National ChampionThree-Time ESPY Nominee (2010, 2011, 2012)2009 National Champion (Downhill and Super-G)2007 Parapan American Games – Gold Medal
Fun FactsGraduated from University of Arizona with Education degree; Two years later, obtained Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from University of AlabamaAdvocate for people with disabilities with a goal to develop community involvement programs and Collegiate Scholarship programs in under developed countriesIn May, 2014, inducted into Warner Brothers “Superman Hall of Heroes” in the inaugural class of real-life heroes
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Alana Nichols – Paralympic Gold Medalist