In 2005, at the age of 13 Andrew Kurka suffered a spinal cord injury that left his legs partially paralyzed from the knees down. Andrew was an avid wrestler and competitor before his injury, with dreams of becoming a professional athlete. At the suggestion of his physical therapist, Andrew got involved with monoskiing and instantly fell in love with the sport. Now with the help of the High Fives Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for winter sport athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury, Andrew has been able to make his dream a reality. He will be competing for the U.S. in alpine skiing at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
For more information about the High Fives Foundation and other athletes they have helped, check out their website.