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As One of the Most Diverse Paralympians to Compete, Alana Nichols Is Advocating for More

View the original article to see embedded media. Alana Nichols is a natural-born competitor. The Farmington, N.M. native grew up playing a multitude of sports, such as volleyball and basketball at her local YMCA. Nichols loved to play softball—she was even getting attention from schools in the Southwest—and in the winters, she would head to Colorado to snowboard.
FARMINGTON, NM
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San Diego weekly Reader

Alana Nichols, Mary Bressi, Sandy Ordille learned to trust the ocean

“If Ponce de León wanted to find the fountain of youth, he should have jumped off the boat.”. In 2016, 60 Minutes featured local wave skier Alana Nichols. (A wave ski is a watercraft similar to a kayak, made for riding waves.) In the televised segment, after parking her van in a Cardiff lot, Nichols reaches back, lifts her wheelchair from the space behind her, places it on the pavement, eases herself into it, rolls to the rear of the vehicle, unloads her wave ski into her lap, and then begins the complicated process of getting to the water. After pushing her wheelchair as far as the sand will allow, she exits the chair and pulls herself with one arm, dragging her ski with the other, to the water’s edge. Once in the damp sand, she climbs onto the ski and awaits a wave that will lift her enough to begin paddling. She gets dumped while paddling out, but remounts her ski, makes it into the lineup, and catches a series of long rights, turning and cutting back with power and speed.
SAN DIEGO, CA
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ESPN

Paralympian Alana Nichols on turning doubt into motivation and inspiring others

Alana Nichols, a three-time Team USA Paralympic gold medalist, sustained a spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident when she was 17 years old. But Nichols was never one to quit. Because of her lifelong love for sports, Nichols, a native of New Mexico, continued to excel in wheelchair basketball and Alpine skiing to become the first American woman to win gold in the Summer (2008) and Winter (2010) Paralympic Games.
HAWAII STATE
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