And they’re off: 12 NSCD athletes head to Pyeongchang for Paralympics |

And they’re off: 12 NSCD athletes head to Pyeongchang for Paralympics

Opening ceremonies are Friday; here's how to watch

Jasmin Bambur of Granby competes in the men's super-G sitting at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. This year's games mark Bambur's third Paralympic Games.

There may not be any natural-born Grand County athletes headed to Pyeongchang this month for the 2018 Paralympic Games, but that doesn't mean we won't be well represented. The National Sports Center for the Disabled is sending 12 athletes they've trained with to the games, representing three different countries.

Jasmin Bambur, Tyler Carter, Spencer Wood, Allison Kunkel, Joy Rondeau, Danelle Umsted and Thomas Walsh will all represent the United States in South Korea. Corey Peters and Adam Hall will represent New Zealand, and Diego Seguel, Nicolás Bisquertt and Julio Soto will represent Chile.

"We are thrilled to be sending 12 athletes that train with the NSCD's Competition Center to the Winter Paralympics in South Korea," said Kim Easton, president and CEO of the NSCD. "At the NSCD our coaching team works day in and day out with these athletes who are putting in the hours to compete at this level—it's amazing to see their Paralympic goals come true. I can't wait to watch these amazing athletes compete over the next few weeks."

The games kick off with the opening ceremony March 9 and continue through the closing ceremony March 18. The games will feature more than 650 athletes from 80 countries, including 74 from Team USA.

Jasmin Bambur, a Serbian national, moved to the United States in the early 2000s and is participating in his third Paralympic games. The 38-year-old sit-skier was the first ever-Serbian representative in the Winter Paralympic Games when he made his debut in Vancouver in 2000. He represented the United States in Sochi in 2014.

Tyler Carter is a 24-year-old alpine skier and amputee originally from Tompton, Pa., who made his Paralympic debut in Sochi in the giant slalom, finishing 26th. He competed in the 2015 Alpine World Championships in Canada where he finished 14th in the slalom and 24th in the giant slalom.

This will be the first Paralympics for Spencer Wood, a Pittsfield, Vt. native and University of Colorado Boulder student. The 21-year-old was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, and began competing with the NSCD in 2014. He competes in giant slalom and slalom.

Allison Kunkel is also making her Paralympic debut. The 16-year-old is a Chicago native with congenital dysmelia of her right arm. She competes in super-G, super combines, slalom and giant slalom, and has been working with the NSCD since 2014.

Joy Rondeau is making the trip to her first Paralympic Games, competing in the women's sprint sit and mid-distance adaptive Nordic race. She may also compete in the Nordic relay. The 30-year-old suffers from familial spastic paraparesis, similar to cerebral palsy, and has been training with the NSCD since 1996.

Danelle Umstead is an Illinois native and visually impaired skier, who will be going to her third Paralympic games. The 46-year-old took bronze in downhill at the Vancouver games in 2010, and won another Bronze in super combined in Sochi four years ago. Her husband, Rob, will also be going to Pyeongchang as her guide.

Thomas Walsh is making his Paralympic debut. The 21-year-old Vail native is a survivor of Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone and soft tissue cancer, and parts of his pelvis were removed during treatment. Walsh recently finished 10th in the super-G at the 2017 World Championships.

Adam Hall will headline the New Zealand team. Hall is making his fourth Paralympic appearance, having appeared in Torino, Vancouver and Sochi. He won gold in the standing slalom in Vancouver, and also competes in the super combined and super-G. The 30-year-old was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth.

Hall will be joined by 34-year-old sit-skier Corey Peters, the 2015 IPC World Champion in downhill and super-G. Peters is making his second trip to the Paralympics after taking home a silver medal in the giant slalom in Sochi. Peters suffered a crushed spinal cord during a motocross event in 2009.

This will be the first Paralympics for Chile's Diego Seguel, who began Para alpine skiing in 2004 after a snowboarding accident paralyzed him in 2000. The 33-year-old sit skier competes in slalom and giant slalom.

Nicolas Bisquertt is also making his first appearance at the Paralympics. He took up Para alpine skiing in 2014, after a 2012 motorcycle accident cost him the use of his legs. The 19-year-old Bisquertt competes in downhill and the super-G

Twenty-eight-year-old Julio Soto is making his Paralympic debut. Soto is another cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at nine-years-old, a disease that required his leg to be amputated. He began skiing as part of his rehabilitation.

How to watch the 2018 Paralympic Games

Times have been converted to Mountain Standard Time. Coverage will be on NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel.


Downhill (March 9, 5:30 p.m.): Kunkel, Umstead

Super-G (March 10, 5:30 p.m.): Kunkel, Umstead

Giant Slalom (March 17, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.): Kunkel, Umstead

Slalom (March 14, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.): Kunkel, Umstead

Super Combined (March 12, SG-5:30 p.m., SL-11 p.m.): Kunkel, Umstead

Cross-Country Sprint Classic (March 13, 6 p.m., 8 p.m.): Rondeau

Cross-County Mid-Distance (March 16, 8:40 p.m.): Rondeau

Biathlon (March 9, 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m.): Rondeau


Downhill (March 9, 5:30 p.m.): Hall, Peters, Bisquertt

Super-G (March 10, 5:30 p.m.): Bambur, Walsh, Hall, Peters, Bisquertt

Giant Slalom (March 16, 5:30 p.m., 10 p.m.): Bambur, Carter, Walsh, Wood, Peters, Bisquertt, Seguel, Soto

Slalom (March 13, 5:30 p.m., 10 p.m.): Bambur, Carter, Walsh, Wood, Hall, Peters, Bisquertt, Seguel, Soto

Super Combined (March 12, SG-5:30 p.m., SL-11 p.m.): Bambur, Walsh, Hall