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2010 Paralympic Games: Athletes- Nick Catanzarite

Nick Catanzarite (Winter Park, Colo.)
Nick Catanzarite (Winter Park, Colo.)
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

Although raised for the most part in Indiana, Colorado's Winter Park was Sit-skier Nick Catanzarite's new home for the last two years of highschool as part of the young ski racers program when he was paralyzed below the chest when he went down in what looked like a routine fall during a GS race in in 1995.  Just one winter later his family got Nick back on the slopes, but it wasn't until much later that his future would unfold.

When Nick finally graduated from college at Michigan State, he decided to try disabled racing. By his second winter, he won the mono-ski DH title at the 2001 Chevy Truck U.S. championships, and he was named to his first U.S. Paralympic Team in 2002, then again in 2006, so this will be Nick's third Paralympic Games.   In addition to these Olympic Games, Nick has been attending Denver University  pursuing dual degrees in law and international studies thanks to the Willy Schaeffler Scholarship Fund, which provides a full ride for four years, as well as a fifth year abroad.

Nick's accomplishments include:

  • Paralympics: 2002, 2006. Worlds: 2004
  • 4th in 2006 Paralympics DH  by.08 seconds
  • First World Cup top-5 in 2005 World Cup
  • 6th in SL, 7th in GS at 2004 World Cup
  • 5th in 2002 Paralympics Downhill
  • Won 2001 U.S. mono-ski Downhill title

Send Nick your support during the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, March 12-21.


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