Wounded Warriors Tackle the Slopes

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Alpine Meadows, CA - It's the kind of one-on-one attention Juan Dominguez needs during his snowboarding lesson at Alpine Meadow. But this isn't just any lesson. And he's not just any student.

"Juan is a triple amputee," says Doug Pringle, president of Disabled Sports USA Far West.

Juan is just one of 20 soldiers and marines who came from around the country to attend this special ski camp that's been going on all week long at Alpine Meadows. It's called the Wounded Warrior Ability Ski Camp.

"For many of them, this is the first thing they've done after losing an arm or a leg in the war and the idea is this lets them know that they're going to be okay and that they can still do things," says Pringle.

Pringle lost his own leg in Vietnam. He now runs Disabled Sports USA Far West and he says there's nothing like watching these guys get out on the slopes.

"The thing about skiing is for somebody who's mobility impaired, it's a freedom of movement and speed they can't experience in any other way," says Pringle.

On Friday, the wounded warriors got to practice what they've been learning. On Saturday, it will be another day to get out on the slopes.

For more information on Disabled Sports USA Far West, head here: http://www.dsusafw.org/

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