After nine days of incredibly exciting competition, the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games came to close on Sunday night in Sochi. Alpine skiers Alana Nichols and Stephanie Jallen and Nordic skier Tatyana McFadden – our three Paralympians representing #TeamWSFinSochi – come away from the Games with two silver medals and a bronze between them. How did each athlete fare?
Alana Nichols, Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees Member: Nichols earned a silver medal in her first Sochi event last week, the women’s downhill. A few days later during a run in the Super G competition, Nichols suffered an accident that ended with her unconscious and in the hospital. Competing with the true heart of a champion, Nichols returned to the slopes and placed fourth in women’s giant slalom during the final day of the Sochi Paralympic Games.
Stephanie Jallen, Travel & Training Fund grantee, 2011: Jallen made her Paralympic debut last week in the women’s Super G event, winning bronze. The 18-year-old, first introduced to paraskiing in 2005 at the age of 9, won her first national championship earlier this year in women’s downhill.
Tatyana McFadden, WSF Family Athlete: McFadden added another to her already-large Paralympic Games medal collection, winning silver in the women’s 1km cross country ski sprint event.
We are proud to call these true champions member of the #TeamWSFinSochi contingent and thrilled to have supported Stephanie’s pursuit of greatness through our Travel & Training Fund. We are now currently accepting applications for 2014. Learn more and apply for funding today here.