Three-Time Paralympic Gold Medalist
National Advisory Board
Alana Nichols is a world-class athlete with a passion for challenging herself and others. From a young age, her passion for sports and adventure has driven her and no matter what obstacle life throws her way, she takes a challenge head on. After suffering a spinal cord injury at age 17 while attempting a back flip on her snowboard, Alana quickly transitioned to adaptive sports. She is the first American female to win gold medals at both Summer (Wheelchair Basketball) and Winter (Alpine Ski Racing) Olympic/Paralympic Games. In the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games, Alana took on a new athletic challenge in Sprint Kayaking and will continue to inspire and attract fans around the world.
• Graduated from University of Arizona with Education degree; Two years later, obtained Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from University of Alabama
• Has over 10 years of public speaking experience as a spokes person and advocate for people with disabilities
• Alana won the first ever all female adaptive surf competition in history and continues to passionately promote and enjoy adaptive surfing
• Serves on the board at EspnW, The Women’s Sports Foundation and The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and is an advocate of sporting opportunities for girls and women.