KUSA - Colorado adaptive snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce says she can't wait. She's just a few weeks away from competing at the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.
Duce says she is thrilled at the opportunity, so much so, she feels like she could fly. Duce, who is a 23-year-old amputee from Ouray, qualified for Team USA at a World Cup event in Copper Mountain last month.
She first trainedwith the Adaptive Action Sports Boardercross team in Copper,then moved to Winter Park to train with the National Sports Center for the Disabled, the largest adaptive sports training program in the country.
Duce says she is where she is today through hard work, determination and the Shriners Hospitals for Children, which has cared for Duce since she was 18 months old. It also introduced her to the sport of snowboarding through their adaptive sports clinic, challenging her to accept no limits and to pursue her dreams on the slopes.