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Alana Nichols is no stranger to Mount Hood. The mountain and potentially active volcano stands at an elevation of more than 11,000 feet in northern Oregon, and by June 2013, Nichols had already practiced on it for about six years. The grooves of the terrain, the steepness of the slope and the texture of the snow were all familiar to the three-time Paralympic gold medalist.
But as she slid down on the first day of practice runs, the right edge of her ski got caught on the heavy, wet snow. Unable to shimmy off in time, Nichols slammed into a boulder. Her body bounced off the rock, and she broke both of her ankles and dislocated her right shoulder during the tumble. Read the full article here