Katie is the granddaughter of Paul Leimkuehler, a World War II Veteran who invented the outriggers used by adaptive skiers throughout the world. Paul was a ski legend, orthotics and prosthetics leader, and war hero. Katie is the Executive Director of a documentary film called Fresh Tracks that brings her grandfather's legacy to the forefront as a pioneer in adaptive sports and the Father of 3-Track Skiing.
Greg Mannino is one of the top one-legged ski racers of our time. He lost his leg at age seventeen and found skiing to be an ideal outlet for going fast and being competitive. He raced in 5 Paralympic Events and 3 World Championships for the disabled. He's won numerous medals over the years. Greg now skis on two skis, using a specialized prosthetic leg. He is paying it forward by teaching and coaching, focusing on disabled veterans.
Bob Meserve was a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team from 1989 - 1993, skiing in a monoski. In 1992, he began to serve as the Winter Athlete Representative of the National Board of Directors for Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA). Since then, he has served on numerous boards and worked behind the scenes to provide funding and promote disabled sports and the Paralympics. In 2009, Bob was inducted into the National Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame for his work to grow the respected movement that the Paralympics and disabled sports have become today.
A Leg Up On Life welcomes back Prateek Dujari, who was our guest in Episode #21. During the interview, he shared about his upcoming 10-day bike expedition in the Himalayan Mountains in India. In this interview, you'll hear all about his journey back to India and the adventure of a lifetime. Prateek talks about the challenge of riding a tandem bicycle over some of the highest passes in the world.
"My wheelchair will only take me so far, but that's not as far as I can go!" At age 12, Christina Chambers became a paraplegic when her immune system attacked her spinal cord. A manual wheelchair became part of her identity, and she has used it to touch the lives of hundreds of adaptive athletes across the county.
In this episode of "A Leg Up On Life," you'll recognize the incredible spirit that has pushed Christina to accomplish feats that most of us wouldn't even consider.
John Furniss, also known as the Blind Woodsman, is a blind woodworker. His wife, Anni, is a painter. The two artists form a partnership that is the stuff movies are made of. John lost his sight when he was 16. After many struggles, he took on the challenge of living life as a blind man. He learned to work on pianos, learned to turn wood to create beautiful pieces of art, and he met the love of his life, Anni. This episode of A Leg Up On Life is the remarkable story of finding one's purpose after tragedy.
On an icy and snowy February night, Elisa Hays got hit by a semi-truck as she and her coworkers attempted to run for safety after their pickup and trailer slid on black ice. In this episode of "A Leg Up On Life," Elisa shares her compelling story of resilience in the face of a horrific accident and how it drove her to become an expert at leadership.
Leave your disability at the dock, is the motto of Footloose Sailing Association. In this interview, you will meet Bob Ewing, one of the founders of the sailing club specifically for individuals with disabilities. Bob is a quadriplegic and has dedicated his time and efforts to help others find the freedom and enjoy the sport as much as he does.
In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, Roni Sasaki chats with Prateek Dujari, an engineer from Intel and avid outdoorsman who lost his sight in a climbing incident. Prateek found healing and purpose in doing the sports he loves, such as hiking, snowboarding, running, and biking. He is currently training for a bike expedition in the Himalayas.
Shaun Williams is blind. He lost his vision gradually from retinitis pigmentosa (RP). In this episode, Shaun openly talks about what it's like to be blind. Shaun lives life to the fullest. First and foremost, he is a husband and father to two sons. Shaun is also a counselor for other disabled individuals, helping them to cope and adapt so that they may experience more independence. He enjoys Dragon Boat Racing, music, and spending time outdoors with his family.