Park City The United States Olympic Committee has announced that six National Ability Center adaptive snowboard athletes have been nominated for the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team, which is the first-ever national team in the sport.
Among those nominated from National Ability Center and Team Utah are Christina Albert (Denver), Tyler Burdick (Salt Lake City), Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah), Lucas Grossi (Billings, Mont.) and Nicole Roundy (Bountiful, Utah), all of whom have lower limb impairments, and Joseph Chandler (Salt Lake City), who has an upper limb impairment.
In May 2012, the International Paralympic Committee announced that snowboardcross would be included in the alpine skiing program at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16, in Russia. The Paralympic competition is open to men and women with lower limb impairments.
"This is such an incredible time for these athletes," said National Ability Center Program Director Ellen Adams. "They have been training so hard and now they have the opportunity to make history as the first adaptive snowboard athletes to compete in the Paralympics."
National team nominations will be confirmed by July 1. Athletes nominated to the U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National Team will soon participate in a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National A Team nominees
Marc Dervaes, SB-UL, West Chester, Pa.
Heidi Jo Duce, SB-LL, Ouray, Colo.
Keith Gable, SB-LL, Ogden, Utah
Amy Purdy, SB-LL, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mike Shea, SB-LL, Castaic, Calif.
Evan Strong, SB-LL, Nevada City, Calif.
U.S. Paralympics Snowboard National B Team nominees
Christina Albert, SB-LL, Denver
Tyler Burdick, SB-LL, Salt Lake City
Joseph Chandler, SB-UL, Salt Lake City
Lucas Grossi, SB-LL, Billings, Mont.
Nicole Roundy, SB-LL, Bountiful, Utah