Nordic skier Joy Rondeau, from Granby, qualified for the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang.

This will be the first time Rondeau has competed in the Paralympic Games.

Rondeau says she was shocked when she found out she qualified for the games.

"I think I was more nervous than excited than anything," Rondeau said.

Rondeau trains about six days a week. She began alpine skiing when she was eight years old with the National Sports Center for the Disabled. She has also competed in wheelchair rugby. After that she moved to Nordic skiing.

When asked what advice she would give to other athletes, Rondeau says to "be bold when opportunities knock and to use your whole God-given potential to do what you want to do."

Rondeau leaves for PyeongChang Friday.

"I am so proud to represent the U.S. and Colorado."

Opening ceremonies for the games are March 9. Rondeau competes on March 10 and 18.

Of the 74 athletes competing for the United States, 14 are from Colorado.