Mannella, who the article notes was accepted early decision to Dartmouth’s Class of 2018, was born with the rare congenital condition achromatopsia, which impairs vision, the story explains.
Mannella was a member of the U.S. development team in 2011 and 2012 and made the B-team in 2013 before moving up to the A-team, writes the Daily Record. This past August, at her first World Cup competition, she won the slalom. In Sochi, Mannella is scheduled to compete in the visually impaired women’s slalom on March 12 and in the giant slalom on March 16. Her slogan for the Sochi Games, according to the Record, is ”partially sighted, totally focused.“
Read the full story, published 2/22/14 by the Daily Record.