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Melissa Stockwell

Melissa Stockwell lost her leg in Iraq.  Now she’s part of the first Paralympic triathlon team and training future triathletes through Dare2tri, a Disabled Sports USA chapter she co-founded.

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Jack O’Neil

Jack O’Neil lost his leg at the age of nine. In the four years since, he’s participated in 15 triathlons and hopes to become like his mentor Melissa Stockwell.

2014 Adult National Open and Great Lakes Regional Games.
(photo by Reed Hoffmann, courtesy Disabled Sports USA.
Jessica Heims

Jessica Heims didn’t let the fact that she was born with Ambiotic Band Syndrome and lost her leg at 12 months slow her down.

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Dan Hernandez

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Dan Hernandez picked up his first golf club 20 years ago and has spent the majority of his life attempting to master the sport.

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Kyle Malin

Kyle Malin grew up in Minnesota and never picked up a hockey stick.  It wasn’t until he moved to the heat of Texas that he found his comfort zone in an ice rink.

DSUSA NORAM at Copper Mountain, Giant Slalom 1, morning and afternoon sessions.
 (Photo Reed Hoffmann on 12/11/12)
Shot with a NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D600 set to white balance of Manual and ISO of 640, shutter speed of 1/1250 at f/8, with exposure compensation at  +0.7, lens at 270mm and sharpening set to , tone set to .
Winter Paralympians: Advice for New Athletes

Q&A with Heath Calhoun, Stephanie Victor, and Alana Nichols.

Third day of Ski Spectacular 2013, 12-below and sunny morning.
 (Photo Reed Hoffmann on 12/5/13)
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Insha Afsar

For November, our Athlete of the Month is Insha Afsar; an earthquake survivor, high school athlete and Alpine E-Team member.

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Noah Hotchkiss

For August, our Athlete of the Month is Noah Hotchkiss: an E-Team member, adaptive athlete and ambassador within his Native American community.

2014 Adult National Open and Great Lakes Regional Games.
(photo by Reed Hoffmann, courtesy Disabled Sports USA.
Amanda Malawski

For July, our athlete of the month is Amanda Malawski: a track and field athlete, Paralympic hopeful and high school student.

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Landon Ranker

For June, our Athlete of the Month is Landon Ranker: a Sergeant First Class in the Army and an endurance runner.

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Chris Bowers

For May, our athlete of the month is Chris Bowers: a Marine corps veteran, golfer and adaptive instructor.

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Sam Kavanagh

For April, our Athlete of the Month is Sam Kavanagh: a Paralympic bronze medalist in cycling.

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Aaron Pike

For April, our Athlete of the Month is Aaron Pike: a dual sport Paralympian in track and field and Nordic skiing.

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Kari Miller

A military member and former high school basketball and track athlete, she knew she wanted to stay active despite her new injuries.

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Steve Martin

Steve Martin, a Warfighter Sports ambassador, hasn’t stopped moving since he got his first set of prosthetic legs after becoming a bilateral below knee amputee in 2008.

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Aimee Copeland

An outdoor enthusiast prior to her accident, Aimee wanted to get back outside so she began kayaking with Team River Runner, a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.

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Shawn Cheshire

Shawn Cheshire began losing her vision as a result of a head trauma. She’s been competing ever since as a member of the U.S. Cycling National Development Team.

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Bradley Johnson

Bradley Johnson lost both of his legs in 1993. Eleven years later, Johnson has participated in three Paralympic Games.

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Anthony Smith

Originally declared killed in action in April 2004, retired Army Major Anthony Smith has lived a revitalized life.

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Tatyana McFadden

Born with an underdeveloped spinal cord, McFadden had to fight to survive. She’s been breaking barriers since birth.

Fourth day of Ski Spectacular, Corporate Race Challenge.
 (Photo Reed Hoffmann on 12/8/12)
Shot with a NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D600 set to white balance of Manual and ISO of 800, shutter speed of 1/1000 at f/6.3, with exposure compensation at  +0.3, lens at 185mm and sharpening set to , tone set to .
Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy contracted bacterial meningitis at the age of 19 and subsequently had both of her legs amputated below the knee.In March 2014, she will compete in the Paralympic games.

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Sarah Holm

Sarah Holm doesn’t instantly bring to mind the mental image of a ski racer. She enjoys the camaraderie of her team more than she thrives on competition.

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Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw was born with a congenital condition that causes spinal deformity. That hasn’t stopped him from competing as part of the US Paralympic Men’s Sled Hockey team.

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Lonnie Bedwell

Lonnie Bedwell, a former Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, was injured in a hunting accident that took his sight instantly. Thirteen years later he got into adaptive sports.

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Don Balcom

Navy veteran Don Balcom is a member of Team Warfighter Sports, setting his sights on the marathon distance at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: Anjali Forber-Pratt of USA celebrates winning the Women's 200m T53 final at QE II Park on January 25, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
Anjali Forber-Pratt

Anjali Forber-Pratt, a two time Paralympian in track and field, has been involved with adaptive sports from a young age.

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Stephanie Wheeler

For September, our Athlete of the Month is Stephanie Wheeler: a former collegiate wheelchair basketball player and current Team USA coach.