VIDEO: WSF Friend Michelle Kwan & WSF Board of Trustees member Alana Nichols join CBS’ “We Need To Talk” to discuss their careers, the importance of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and much more with co-hosts Amy Trask and WSF Past President Laila Ali.
Growing up in northern New Mexico, Alana Nichols was a typical high school athlete with big dreams of earning a softball scholarship to college. But during an early-winter snowboarding trip in November of 2000, Alana attempted a back flip, over-rotated and landed back-first on a rock, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down at impact. Losing her focus and her athlete identity, Alana wandered for a few years before finding the sport that would provide a college athletic scholarship and her first Paralympic gold medal – wheelchair basketball. 13 years after that fateful flip, Alana is the first American woman to win Olympic or Paralympic gold medals in both the Winter and Summer Games, and she’s not done just yet. We sat down with Alana to learn more about her journey, her second chance at sports and why our mission matters to her.