Monoskiing at Spirit Mountain

The Incredible Story of a 14-Year-Old Girl

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“Being able to ski the Paralympics, it’s what I’d want to do.”

When Brynn Duncan was just 8 years old, her life and her dreams changed forever.

“I got in a car accident and I broke my back so I’m paralyzed so I’m not able to walk anymore,” Duncan explained.

But she was not about to let that get in the way of her love for the outdoors.

“Most people think that after that your life is over, you can’t do anything anymore. But it’s really just, you go a different direction,” Duncan said.

Six years ago, Brynn discovered Monoskiing. It’s a seat with one ski underneath.

“Even though you may not be able to ski like someone else, you’re able to ski how you ski and it’s fun for you,” said Duncan.

Just one of many forms of adaptive recreation important to athletes in defining who they are.

“And what it does is it allows people to identify themselves by what they do, rather than something that may have happened to them,” said Mark Hanna, Program Coordinator at Courage Kenny Northland.

Allowing them to continue doing the things they love.

“To transfer out of their wheelchair into a real dynamic piece of skiing equipment, feel the wind in their face, carving turns, getting out going over bumps and jumps – if they want to go over bumps and jumps – that’s what it’s about,” Hanna exclaimed.

“You’re able to do it with people that are like you, and you’re able to do it with people that aren’t, so they know how you feel when you play a different sport,” explained Duncan.

 An exhilarating feeling that helps remind Brynn anything is possible.

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