12th Annual Mono-Ski Madness and Race Camp

Paralyzed Skiers Improve Skills on Slope

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Skiers and instructors from across the Midwest gathered at Spirit Mountain to better their moves on the slopes.

But, these aren’t your ordinary skiers or skis.

It’s called the mono-ski madness and race camp.

It’s an event sponsored by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. 

So, what is mono skiing?

It’s a single wide ski built specially for paralyzed athletes who want to continue their life long love of skiing. 

This camp opens the world of the great outdoors to those who refuse to stay inside the Chalet and who won’t let their injury define who they are. 

“We all tend to identify ourselves by what we do with our leisure time and by what we do with our work time.  So, people want to be social and they want to be out with their friends doing whatever it is they love to do,” said Program Coordinator, Mark Hanna.

Fourteen year old, Brynn Duncan’s, life changed 8 years ago when she was in a car accident and broke her back leaving her paralyzed. 

Her positive attitude is a reminder for all athletes out there who won’t let one accident change their lives forever.

“People think that after your life is over and you can’t do anything anymore.  But, you go a different direction.  There is so many sports you can do with an injury and it’s not just for one person, it’s for everybody,” said Duncan.

Courage Kenny provides the pricey equipment for the skiers. 

The camp runs through Friday afternoon.

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