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Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Silverthorne, CO, USA
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Higher education
Business Administration - Dallas Baptist University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried snowboarding at age four. She took up Para snowboard in 2015 through the Adaptive Action Sports club in Copper Mountain, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
As well as being a competitive motocross rider, she regularly went snowboarding with her family prior to her accident. "I wouldn't be on the road that I am on without motocross. Getting back on the bike [after her accident] led me to Moto Sports Adaptive, where I met [US Para snowboarder] Mike Schultz. He then introduced me to Daniel Gale, who is the director of Adaptive Action Sports. Daniel is helping me on this road to the Paralympics, to make history and pave the way for other future upper-limb [impaired] females. My heart and my soul are always in racing, just being competitive and just going fast. That's me, who I am and what I love."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
Name of coach
Daniel Gale [club], USA
Training Regime
She has six sessions at the gym per week, and trains on the snow at least three times a week. She also competes in motocross, which supplements her training. "Since I ride a dirt bike with one arm, it's a lot of balance. It's a lot of strengthening of my core to make sure that I can stay upright. Riding a dirt bike, at least the way that I ride it, in a competitive sense, is a full body workout. I'm using every single muscle in my body so it definitely helps with my snowboarding.”

General interest

Art, playing video games, surfing. (, 15 Apr 2020; TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (, 20 Jun 2018)
In 2018 she fractured her right wrist in a motocross racing accident. (TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything that is worth having takes hard work, hustle and a lot of determination, sometimes with a side of therapy. Always look at what you have rather than what you don't. What I have still lets me pursue my dreams and it's what makes me, me." (, 15 Apr 2020)
Other sports
She competed in motocross prior to her accident, having begun riding motorcycles at age seven. She has competed in adaptive motocross at national level in the United States of America. (, 15 Apr 2020;, 01 Oct 2018)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 15 Apr 2020)
In 2006 she was competing in motocross when she crashed and one of the riders behind her landed on her neck. She injured her brachial plexus, a network of nerves that extends from the spinal cord to the armpit, resulting in paralysis of her right arm. About a month after the motocross accident, she and her father were involved in a traffic accident when their vehicle was hit by a drunk driver. She sustained injuries that led to complications with her arm, and as a result she lost any chance of regaining use of her arm through surgery. (, 15 Apr 2020; Facebook page, 05 Jan 2019;, 01 Oct 2018)
Other information
In 2017 she moved from Texas to Colorado in the United States of America. She initially intended to only visit Colorado and spend time snowboarding, until coach Daniel Gale offered her the chance to train full-time with the goal of competing at the Paralympic Winter Games. After making the move permanent, she had to work multiple full-time jobs and live out of her truck while training until she could afford housing. "I kept reflecting back to my parents and doctors that kept telling me that I will never be in action sports. But one day I decided - it's my life. I'll make the call of what's impossible. Fast-forward a few years, and here I am." (, 15 Apr 2020)

She wears her right arm in a sling that wraps across the front of her body while she is snowboarding or racing in motocross, as she has no control or feeling in the limb. In 2018 she fractured her right wrist after crashing during an adaptive motocross race and did not notice for a few days until her arm started to swell. She also experiences neuropathic pain in her right arm, which gets worse when she is stressed or unwell. The neuropathic pain has also led to blackouts and seizures, including while she has been riding her motorcycle. "Around the house I let it hang out and let it do its thing, but that can still be dangerous. With the fractures and because I can't move it and have it heal faster, I'm actually a lot more prone to infections. So I'm considering the idea of amputating it, just to have more possibilities with prosthetics. Technology has come such a long way. I could be like Anakin Skywalker from 'Star Wars' in five years and have a robotic arm." (TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)

She began working with a sports psychologist during the 2019/20 season. "I saw a huge progression in my snowboarding, just my control of the board and being more comfortable on it. I've started doing a lot of meditations and self-care and making sure that my mind is in the right place. That's been a huge focus for me." (, 28 Dec 2020)