As a child, Nicole was ambitious, energetic and outgoing. She spent much of her childhood outdoors kicking soccer balls and exploring the outdoors with her two older brothers. Then at 8 years old, she was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Later that year, she lost her right leg above the knee and continued aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
In 2006, Nicole became the first above-the-knee amputee, male or female, to compete in adaptive snowboarding. Her accomplishments spearheaded global demand for prosthetic knee technology and played a fundamental role in the introduction of snowboarding to the Paralympic roster. Nicole represented Team USA in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and is an 8-time World Cup Medalist.
Nicole works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.
For more information about Nicole's accomplishments, visit Team USA's website.
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