Misha Simanov and guide Rich Bolog, members of the ASF Race Team, went to Mammoth Mountain, CA for their first World Paralympic Alpine Skiing Races December 17 – 22, 2019. Misha and Rich have been skiing and training together for the past three seasons, however they have not been able to race in International Paralympic events as they were not citizens of the same country. Misha had been working on gaining his US citizenship for the past two years and was finally sworn in as a US Citizen this summer. Mammoth was the first opportunity for Misha and Rich to compete on the world stage. Eleven countries competed in Mammoth – US, Japan, Canada, Russia, Chile, Australia and Britain, just to name a few. During the week Misha and Rich competed in two slaloms, one super g and two giant slaloms. They got silver medals in both slaloms and their first super g. They were only able to do four training runs for super g a couple of days prior, which makes this quite an accomplishment. Their final race of the week a GS, which they also got a silver medal. They had a busy week of racing with highs and lows, but in their first official Paralympic Races there was success and a check of their ranking on the world stage.
Race Program Coordinator
Adaptive sports Foundation