Sarah Will - Athlete - 2004
Sarah Will moved to Aspen in 1987, but after only three months suffered a tragic ski accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. A highly motivated woman, Sarah took on the challenge of rehabilitation. She read the book “Bold Tracks,” by Hal O'Leary, Head of the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park. One year later, she was making her first turns on a monoski. She moved back to Colorado in 1992 to train at Winter Park, started competing and later that year, was named to the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.She later moved to Vail where, with teammate Chris Waddell, she founded the Vail Monoski Camp.During her competitive career, Sarah represented the United States at the Paralympics in 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002, winning 13 paralympic medals, of which 12 were gold, making her one of the most decorated athletes in U.S. Ski Team history.Sarah now works as an instructor for the Vail Adaptive Ski Program and is proud to give back to the sport that has given her so much.