As a child, Nicole was ambitious, energetic and outgoing. Then at 8 years old, she was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Later that year she lost her right leg above-the-knee. As any individual touched by cancer, Nicole's life took a dramatic turn.
Following the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic games, Nicole stepped onto a ski slope for the first time. The beauty, adrenaline and excitement of three-track skiing captivated her, but something was missing.
Deemed ""impossible"" due to a lack of prosthetic knee technology, Nicole found her passion in snowboarding. In 2006 she became the first above-knee amputee, male or female, to compete in adaptive snowboarding.
Her accomplishments spearheaded global demand for prosthetic knee technology and played a fundamental role in the introduction of snowboarding to the Paralympic roster. Nicole represented the United States in the 2014 & 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and is an 24X World Cup Medalist. She is a aspiring author, a rescue dog parent, and a keynote speaker.
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