Training Center Prepares Skiers and Snowboarders with Disabilities for Paralympics from Donor Support

Mar 07, 2014, 12:48 ET from National Ability Center

PARK CITY, Utah, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Ability Center (NAC) in Park City, Utah has prepared many Paralympic athletes for the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia at their training center.

The NAC provides training and competition programs for people of all abilities in Alpine & Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding and Sled hockey.  

As athletes develop their skills at the NAC, they are promoted through a series of development programs focused on helping them get to the next level.  In time, many of the athletes reach the Paralympic competition level and are ready to represent their country at the Paralympics.

The National Ability Center and the US Olympic Committee/US Paralympics have had a long and powerful partnership with the US Team.   Hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City, UT is also the home of USSA; the federation for other Olympic Sports like Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Freestyle, Ski Jumping and Cross Country Skiing.  These partnerships have helped accelerate NAC Paralympic athletes to levels greater than their expectations.  With donor support and resources provided by the NAC, now athletes with disabilities can dream big and accomplish their goals.

After Sochi, the NAC will host the Huntsman Cup Alpine Nor Am and the US Adaptive Alpine Nationals March 25-28, 2014 in Park City.

In all, 18 Athletes in the Paralympics train or were developed by the NAC.  Some of these athletes include:

Alpine Skiing: Arly Velasquez (Mexico), Erik Bayindirli (Turkey), Santiago Vega (Chile), Stephani Victor (USA) and Danelle Umstead (USA).

Snowboard X: Denis Colle (Belgium), Igor Ivanov (Russia), Ben Tudhope (AUS),  Cristina Albert (USA), Tyler Burdick (USA), Nicole Roundy (USA),  Megan Harmon (USA),  Dan Monzo (USA), Heidi Joe Duce (USA), Keith Gabel (USA), Aitor Puertas (Spain) and Ivan Osharov (Ukraine).

Sled Hockey: Greg Shaw (USA).

For More information on NAC programs or events, contact:

Jess Roising, 435.608.0117

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SOURCE National Ability Center