Zachary Elder, ASF Race Team member, wins bronze at 2015 X Games
As one of only 10 Special Olympics athletes and the only athlete from the East Coast, the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s (ASF) own Zach Elder was chosen to participate in the Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding dual giant slalom at the 2015 X Games on January 22nd. Each team consisted of one Special Olympics athlete and one X Games athlete. Zach and his teammate X Games athlete Scotty James won the bronze medal in the dual GS. Zach attended the X Games with his volunteer coach of seven years, Megan Hughes. As a coach for the ASF race team, Megan works with Zach and the other snowboarders on the team each weekend.
Zach (age 19), a member of the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Race Team, trains at Windham Mountain Resort and has been snowboarding for ten years. Starting with the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) at the age of six, Zach who is on the autism spectrum first started skiing on the slopes of Windham Mountain Resort. However, at the age of nine, Zach tried snowboarding and never looked back. Zach started competing in local Catskill Mountain Series and Special Olympic races at the age of 12. Zach is currently the 2013 USASA Adaptive Champion and was a silver and bronze medalist in the 2014 USASA Adaptive Championships. Scotty James, a 2010 Olympian from the Olympic Games in Vancouver has been competing in the X Games since 2008.
Congratulations to Zach and Scotty!