Young Skier Brings Pride to Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley skier Katrina Schaber has accomplished feats that some people may only dream of. Katrina has been skiing since the age of four on vacations with her family, but an obstacle was thrown her way in the third grade when she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. What would have kept many people off the slopes didn’t stop Katrina. She faced her situation head-on and continued to follow her interest in skiing. In 2009 she attended her first ski camp at the National Sport Center for the Disabled in 2009. In 2010 she visited Mammoth Mountain and became involved with their disabled program: Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

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She has garnered multiple medals in competitive skiing since the age of 15 and in the last month came out on top in the Super Combined at the 2015 US National Championships. This led to her being invited to participate in the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, the biannual event that is second in size only to the Paralympic Games. Katrina commented, “I was super excited. I could not believe that I would represent the United States at such a prestigious event. It truly is an honor. My hard work is paying off.” Her short-term goals are to finish a successful season at the upcoming World Championships and then the US Championships at the end of March. Her long-term ambition is to make the US adaptive ski team and compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.