Mono-Ski Madness

Feb 25, 2011
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Hundreds of veterans are coming back home with disabilities and wounded. Transitioning back to life at home can be hard for some, but for those coming back with a disability, life can be incredibly difficult. Presently, there are new services and programs across the US. that are helping veterans with disabilities. These programs and services assist veterans with their recovery, rehabilitation and transition back into their new life.

One such program is the Courage Center Duluth’s annual Great Lakes Mono-Ski Madness in Duluth, Minnesota. It is one of the largest adapted learn-to-ski events in the Midwest. The Courage Center’s Sports and Recreation Department receives funding from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to expand recreation activities to veterans with disabilities. Vets from Minnesota, South Dakota and Illinois will be at Spirit Mountain this week participating in Mono-Ski Madness.

“This amazing event brings together skiers and instructors from across the Midwest to work with mono skiers to advance their skiing abilities,” said Eric Larson, director, Courage Center Duluth. “Daily clinics are followed by evening sessions of movement analysis from video we film of skiers that day.”

The goal is to become independent mono skiers (highest functioning sit skiers with a goal of competition). Participants learn valuable tips to improve their skiing and try out the latest adaptive equipment. They also get a chance to socialize with their peers. Over the three days, participants learn from and ski with Olympic-caliber skiers and their skiing skills are critiqued by ski instructors and peers. For many, the experiences at this event lead to life-long participation in sports and a healthier lifestyle.

Some of the veterans who participated in the ski program are also from Operation Liberty. Operation Liberty is a grant funded by the Department of Defense through the USOC. Their mission is to provide sports and recreation opportunities to help vets rediscover their athletic abilities following an injury or disability, and to reintroduce them to activities they enjoyed before their injury. In addition to alpine skiing, vets participate in curling, Nordic skiing, adapted golf, archery and biking.

Duluth Courage Center

U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Paralympic Military Program

Author: Jenny Carlton

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    Well I still snow plow my 240cm speedskis. It is the safest way to slow
    down from say 170kph to 120 or so when you have more room for turns. I
    never ski perfectly, only faster. On the mono you just have to keep your
    hands up and in front.