Hidden rocks can spell disaster for even the most skilled snowboarder. For Alana Nichols, an icon of courage and excellence in Paralympic sports, that disaster came not just once, but twice.
Twice torn apart. Twice fighting her way back to Olympic-level competition.
If there’s a gold medal for heart, Alana Nichols, 31, has earned it, along with the five gold medals she has won in sports she always acknowledged carry high risks.