Disabled skier gets chance to ski upright

March 2, 2010 3:13:23 PM PST
An adaptive ski program in Hidden Valley, Missouri is giving disabled athletes a chance to ski like they never have before.

Willie Deuster, a disabled skier in Missouri, known as "Willie the Wild Man,' spent 15 years skiing while sitting down.

Now, he finally has the chance to ski upright.

Dr. Laney Nelson helped assemble a contraption that, with the help of two interns, would allow Willie to go downhill like any other skier.

Willie had one word to describe the feeling: "Freedom."

"Words cannot describe how free you are," he said.

Dr. Laney said, "He turned that whole thing by himself and for him that's a degree of freedom he's never had."

There are local adaptive skiing programs in the Poconos.

For information, visit:

Jack Frost Big Boulder

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