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Disabled Sports USA Hosts Hartford Ski Spectacular

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Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is hosting the 32nd annual The Hartford Ski Spectacular at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado December 9 – 15.

The week-long event is among the nation’s largest and longest running winter adaptive sports festivals for individuals with physical disabilities. More than 800 participants, ranging in ability from first-time skiers to members of the U.S. Paralympic Team, will come together.

Paralympians participating include Brittani Coury, Noah Elliott, Keith Gabel, Michael Spivey and Tyler Carter, all members of Team USA at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. In addition, U.S. paratriathlete and 2016 Paralympic silver medalist Hailey Danz will be at the event.

“I actually spent my very first Alive Day in Breckenridge,” said Dan Acosta. “That was the milestone that just really was the tipping point to want to live happy. From coming to re-learn how to walk and spending my first alive day snowboarding was just awesome. I’m thrilled to return to The Hartford Ski Spectacular to snowboard and support other wounded veterans.”

“Learn to” programs in alpine and Nordic skiing, biathlon, sled hockey, curling and snowboarding will be offered.

“We are delighted to offer this unique event thanks to The Hartford and our generous supporters,” says Glenn Merry, executive director of DSUSA. “The Hartford Ski Spectacular launches the adaptive sport winter season and is an ideal event for individuals with disabilities to receive world-class instruction in skiing and snowboarding. This event is essential to supporting athletes achieve their goals and gain independence through sports.” 

For more information on VA Adaptive Sports programs visit http://www.va.gov/adaptivesports. 

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