Partially Sighted, Totally Golden (Daily Record)



Staci Mannell ’18 will already be bringing home the gold from the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup, and she’s looking for more, reports the Daily Record.

“Over a two-week span to open the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup season, Mannella won gold in the slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, the first and, at age 19, youngest American alpine skier to bring home a medal,” writes the Daily Record. “She captured gold in both slalom and giant slalom in Tarvisio, Italy.”

Mannella, who was born with a rare condition that causes poor visual acuity, has been working with a new skiing guide, 17-year-old Sadie DeBaun, and the two are competing in the final World Cup slalom and giant slalom races in Aspen, Colo., which started yesterday, notes the Record.

Of the gold she’s already pocketed, Mannella tells the Record, “I really wasn’t concerned about winning. My whole goal was to get to know Sadie, and for us to work together as a team and figure each other out. It’s been going really well, so I hope it’ll only get better from here.”

Read the full story, published 2/23/16 by the Daily Record.

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