Wednesday, February 5, 2014

At Nordic Festival, finesse, rhythm and speed

Nordic skier Shawn Cheshire, right, flew to the Wood River Valley from her home near Syracuse, N.Y., to compete in the 39th annual Boulder Mountain Tour on Saturday. Cheshire, a 38-year-old mother of a 16-year-old daughter, is a U.S. Army veteran. She is also totally blind. Two years ago, while working as an emergency medical technician, she jumped in the back of an ambulance, hit her head on a door hinge, suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been blind since. She completed the Boulder Mountain Tour in just over two hours. According to her guide on the course, Reid Pletcher, left, “She skied amazingly well, especially since she has only been skiing for one year. Her improvements in this last year have been ridiculous. I had to talk constantly to her through my microphone describing the surroundings so she could be prepared for what was coming.” Cheshire is already on the National Paralympic Cycling Team and is working toward making the National Paralympic Nordic/Biathalon Team. Pletcher is going to be valley resident Jake Adicoff’s guide for the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.
Express photo by Willy Cook

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