Explore Andrew's story below.
Para Alpine Skiing
January 27, 1992
A six-time state champion wrestler by the time he was 13, Andrew’s promising career on the mat was cut short when he became paralyzed in an ATV accident. But he found hope and overcame his injuries when he ventured into the world of para alpine skiing, making his Paralympic debut in 2018 in PyeongChang. There, Andrew took gold in his first event, becoming the first Alaskan to earn a medal at the Winter Paralympics.
In his own words, Andrew’s story is one of “a rock-bottom climb to the top of a mountain.” The summit wasn’t without its challenges, of course. Still, he found the will to keep climbing from the people who motivated and inspired him. He credits past failures for the learnings they bestowed and believes his setbacks have, in a way, led to his successes. Now, as he eyes his second Paralympic Games, he’s motivated more than ever and hopes that one day, he can play on the same playing field as non-impaired athletes—under one integrated event.
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