Wenham Native Picked To Ski At Sochi Paralympic Competition

WENHAM (AP) — An alpine monoskier from Wenham is heading to Sochi for her third Paralympic appearance.

Laurie Stephens, 29, was born with spina bifida but began skiing at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire when she was 12. She now lives in Aspen, Colo.

Along with 79 teammates, Stephens was chosen Friday to compete at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games from March 7 to March 16. That’s 30 more on the roster since the last Olympics.

Stephens earned two gold medals at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and silver at Vancouver in 2010.

She was named the USOC’s Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year in 2006 and was a 2006 ESPY Award nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

The Paralympic competition includes alpine skiing and snowboarding, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey and wheelchair curling.

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