Meet our athletes
Caitie, a visually impaired girl from Brooklyn, NY, started skiing with the Adaptive Sports Foundation in 2002. Eight years later, Caitie satisfied her life-long dream of competing in the 2010 Paralympics. She fully intends to compete in Sochi 2014! To find out more about Caitie visit her website. To make a secure credit card donation to support Caitlin Sarubbi, please click here.
Staci Mannella, a visually impaired ski racer, and member of the Adaptive Sports Foundation race team, is an up and coming athlete aiming to participate in the 2014 Paralympics. To find out more about Staci visit her website. To make a secure credit card donation to support Staci Mannella, please click here
While living with an amputation has been admittedly difficult for Tyler, it has also led him to meet an array of interesting people through his travels and participation in skiing. Skiing is Tyler’s true love, and he trains long and hard for races. Tyler trains with the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, New York and the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado. He is also on the U.S. E-Team. To find out more about Tyler visit his website.
Betsy Vermont native an, a paraplegic as a result of Spina Bifida began skiing when she was a child. She was inspired at the age of ten to pursue racing after watching the U.S. Disabled Ski Team compete at the Paralympics. Betsy trains with the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s competition program. For more information on Betsy visit her web site.
Robyn has been skiing since she was 6 years old. Born with neuromuscular deficits that create difficulty with motor control, she skis with outriggers (poles with small ski attached to them) on challenging terrain and competes in the “four tracker” category of disabled ski racing. Robyn trains with ASF Race team, attends race camps for additional training, and competes in races all over the northeast.
Patrick Carroll has been skiing with the ASF since 1991 and has been on the ASF Race Team for five years. Patrick has had great success competing in competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He began competing in local and regional Special Olympic races almost always placing first or second in his age category. Patrick was then invited to the state Special Olympic championships where he also medaled. He competed in NASTAR Open Championship races taking second place in his category. As a result of his past success, Patrick qualified to compete at the international level. Patrick was chosen to represent the USA at the 2013 World Skiing Championship in Erzurum, Turkey for athletes with intellectual disability. Due to damage to Patrick’s home and community in Breezy Point, New York from Hurricane Sandy, Patrick decided not to attend the 2013 World Skiing Championships in Turkey. He looks forward to other international competition opportunities in the future.
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