This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Although the 2014 Olympics have come to an end, the Paralympics are just getting started. From March 7-16, 2014, you can watch inspiring athletes compete AND you can join in Citi®’s Every Step of the Way campaign, which is still going strong. Citi® has teamed up with Team USA athletes who have each selected a charity. Citi® wants to know from YOU where they should send their $500,000 donation.
One of Citi®’s Team USA athletes is alpine skier Alana Nichols. Alana is partnering with The Team USA Paralympic Champions Fund to increase financial support for athletes pursuing the dream of participating in the Paralympics. Listen to Alana as she describes her fight to overcome adversity and how she would love to give more athletes the opportunity to compete in future Paralympic games.
About Alana: Alana Nichols grew up in New Mexico and loved spending her winters snow boarding in Colorado. In 2000, while on a snowboarding trip, she had an accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Just 2 years after her accident, she was introduced to wheelchair basketball, which she not only enjoyed but excelled at. Just two year later, at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, she was an alternate for the Team USA women’s wheelchair basketball team. She returned in 2008 to the Beijing Games, where she helped the team win a gold medal.
Just a month after the Beijing games, Alana began training in alpine skiing. In the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver BC, she won two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal.
I am amazed and inspired by what she has been able to accomplish – not only in the face of so much adversity, but in so little time.
Who are the athletes that have inspired you most during this year’s Olympics or Paralympics?
Check out this welcome video featuring all of the Citi® athletes:
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Share which Citi® athlete or community program inspires you the most in the comments below and visit the Every Step of the Way site to vote…and then enter to win a 425 Visa giftcard right here! This giveaway will run through 3/19/2014 at midnight, after which a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Good luck!
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