ALANA NICHOLS has been making history for years. She won gold on her Paralympic debut in 2008 in Beijing as part of the US women’s wheelchair basketball team. Two years later she won downhill and giant slalom gold at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Now she is aiming for success in a third sport at what would be her fifth Paralympic Games.
She has her sights set on a unique place in sporting history by attempting to qualify for the US para-canoe team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Trying a sport that’s not land-based has caused her to get soaked more than once, but she’s undaunted. In her words, she’s “happy to promote the idea that anything is possible including being a three-sport Paralympic athlete.”
This winter Alana has swapped the ski slopes for the water and will be working hard before jetting off to Australia this month for more training in advance of the team selection for the 2015 season. Para-canoe will be one of 22 sports included in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Taking place between September 7-18, 2016, the Games are set to attract 4,300 athletes from around 170 countries. It’s going to be fun following Alana’s progress on her road to yet another Paralympic Games!