March 21, 1983

“Do the best you can, with what you have, everyday”  

Alana Jane Nichols

Alana Jane Nichols  American Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and alpine skier is born.

Nichols is a five-time Paralympian (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) and a six-time medalist (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze). After serving as an alternate for the U.S. women’s team at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, was named to the national team in 2005, and helped the team win a silver medal in the 2006 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.Her Paralympic debut came in 2008 when, as part of the U.S. women’s team, she won a gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the Beijing games. (Wikipedia)

Three time ParaOlympic Gold Medalist. “Triple Threat Athlete in Alpine Skiing, Basketball and Sprint Kayaking”

Nichols was born in New Mexico and when she was nine months old, her father was killed by a drunk driver. Because her mother was struggling to raise Nichols and three other siblings, Nichols and her older sister, Jovan, were sent to their grandparents in Farmington, New Mexico. Growing up, Nichols spent winters snowboarding in Colorado.

During one such snowboarding trip in 2000, she attempted a back flip but over-rotated and landed back-first on a rock. When the accident occurred, Nichols was taken by helicopter to the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington and it took eight hours of surgery to reconstruct her back with two rods and three pins. The injury broke her T10/11 vertebrae and left her paralyzed from the waist dow. (Wikipedia)

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