Nick Manely

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW9-2

Further personal information

Family
Two sons, one daughter
Residence
Denver, CO, USA
Occupation
Chef, Coach, Guide
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing in 2010 at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"The summer of 2010 was really hard for me. I had no control over my body. I really couldn't walk around the block, so in October I called Pat Campanella at the National Sports Center for the Disabled and said, 'This is my situation. I need to get off the couch, and I need to relearn how to ski'. The biggest thing with skiing for me is it's probably the deepest form of cognitive brain therapy you can do. You're always doing things without thinking about doing them, so you're always regenerating your nerve pathways."
Club / Team
National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD]: Winter Park, CO, USA

General interest

Hobbies
Sailing, photography, art. (Twitter profile, 17 Jan 2021; Facebook profile, 26 Jun 2020; FND Hope Twitter profile, 14 Apr 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (denverpost.com, 21 Aug 2014)
Injuries
He underwent abdominal surgery in 2017. (Twitter profile, 19 Oct 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Skiing is life, and the more you grow with skiing the more you grow with life." (thankyou4caring.org, 2014)
Ambitions
To coach at the Paralympic Winter Games. (teamusa.org, 17 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He began to lose control of his muscles in 2009 at age 54. In January 2015 he was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder [FND], a condition that causes weakness, movement disorders, sensory symptoms and blackouts. (skyhidailynews.com, 17 Mar 2016)
Other information
IMPACT OF SPORT
He credits the positive impact of skiing on his life since his diagnosis of functional neurological disorder [FND]. "It [skiing] is saving my life. Prolonging it. Keeping me in a good frame of mind. The mountain is a healing place for me. Skiing gave me a survivability that I couldn't get in another world, the regular world. If it wasn't for skiing I really wouldn't be alive, to be honest." (coloradosun.com, 27 May 2020; skyhinews.com, 17 Mar 2016; teamusa.org, 17 Nov 2020)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as a guide for visually impaired skiers, including US Para alpine skier Todd Taylor. He is a qualified US Ski and Snowboard coach, and has coached at Eldora Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado, United States of America. He first heard about the National Sports Center for the Disabled, where he took up Para skiing, after teaching blind children to ski when he was in his twenties. (Twitter profile, 17 Jan 2021; Facebook profile, 26 Jun 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2014; seniorskiing.com, 04 Oct 2019; teamusa.org, 17 Nov 2020)