Road to the Paralympics NorAm’s Post #1

Posted in Uncategorized on Jan 05, 2013

Well, here I am. 36 years old and still not giving it up. After 12 years,  adaptive snowboarding made it into the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi Russia. I am 6 to 8 years older than some of the best riders in the U.S. and I don’t care. I am doing this.

Adaptive snowboarding was denied for the 2014 Paralympic Games in 2011. On May 2, 2012, they announced the inclusion of the sport. Much to my surprise and others.

The road thus far has not been easy. Financially strapped and overweight this fall from being pinned down to an office desk…I’ve had a lot of work to do. Today was my first day back in Park City to train with Team Utah. Super stoked!

Special thanks to: My family and friends, Ottobock., High Fives Foundation, Northern Care Inc., Travis and Brent, Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain, Laurie and Ed Stalling, National Ability Center, Team Utah, Ellen Adams and Mike, Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation, Homeschool Snowboarding, and the Whitefish Wave.

Oh, hey Monzo, you still have to do your own laundry this time around.

Please check out the photos of progress thus far. More on this journey to come. Please stay tuned for more posts.

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One Response to “ Road to the Paralympics NorAm’s Post #1 ”

  1. # 1 Aaron Says:

    Things you can’t do after 40 – Haha! I’m feelin’ the big 4-0 creep, too.

    I’m super pumped for you. You are one of the best riders I’ve every had the pleasure shredding with. It doesn’t matter that you think you’re “6 to 8 years older than some of the best riders in the U.S” because your age makes you wily.

    Best of luck!

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  • Lucas Grossi Adaptive Snowboarding
    Hello friends and fellow rippers! Adaptive Snowboarding, or Para-Snowboarding, has officially made it into the Paralympic Games, Sochi 2014. In 2000, I coordinated and competed in the first adaptive snowboard competition in the world with the United States of America Snowboard Association. Since that time, I have pursued this dream as an event organizer, coach, and competitive athlete. Now that the adaptive shred has made it to this pinnacle moment, I am shooting for a Para-Snowboard athlete position on the United States Paralympic Team for Sochi 2014. Please donate and help me achieve my goal of $6,000 for training and competition expenses for the 2012/13 winter season! To Donate Go To: Original Gimp Snowboard Athlete Donations!