Play and Train, asociación de deporte adaptado

Alana Nichols

Three-Time Paralympic Gold Medalist
Triple Threat Athlete in Alpine Skiing, Basketball and Sprint Kayaking
Alana Nichols is a world-class athlete with a passion for challenging herself
and others. From a young age, her passion for sports and adventure has
driven her and no matter what obstacle life throws her way, she takes
a challenge head on. After suffering a spinal cord injury at age 17 while
attempting a back flip on her snowboard, Alana quickly transitioned to
adaptive sports. She is the first American female to win gold medals at both
Summer (Wheelchair Basketball) and Winter (Alpine Ski Racing) Olympic/
Paralympic Games. Alana competed at her 5th Paraplegic Games in 2016
games in Rio De Janeiro in her 3rd sport of sprint kayaking and is now
pursuing adaptive surfing full time and continues to inspire and attract fans
from around the world.

  • Graduated from University of Arizona with Education degree; Two
    years later, obtained Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from University
    of Alabama
  • Has over 10 years of public speaking experience as a spokesperson and
    advocate for people with disabilities. She is also actively developing her
    self as a sports broadcaster.
  • Alana won the first ever all female adaptive surf competition in history and is spear heading adaptive surfing into the 2024 Paralympic Games
  • Serves on the board at EspnW and The Women’s Sports Foundation and is an advocate of sporting opportunities for girls and women
  • Featured Appearances: Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Katie Couric
    Show, 60 Minutes, Ted Womens TED Talk, The Today Show

Actively Engaged with Social Media Followers:

  • Twitter: @alananichols21 5k followers
  • Instagram:@alanathejane 7k followers

Career Highlights

  • 2016 Paralympic Games Sprint Kayaking- 7th Place
  • 2015 ISA Worlds Adaptive Surfing Championships – 7th overall in
    all-male field for the Upright division
  • 2015 Duisburg, Germany: World Cup Bronze- Sprint Kayak 200m
  • 2014 Sochi, Russia: Paralympic Silver Medal- Alpine Skiing Downhill
  • 2012 Paralympic Summer Games – 4th place Wheelchair Basketball
  • 2011 Parapan American Games – Gold Medal
  • 2011 World Champion – Downhill Super-G
  • 2011 Paralympic Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 Colorado Sports Woman of the Year
  • 2011 NWBA National Champion
  • 2010-12 Three-Time ESPY Nominee
  • 2010 Paralympic Winter Games – Two Gold Medals: Downhill & Giant
    Slalom; Silver Medal Super-G; Bronze Medal Super Combined
  • 2009 National Champion (Downhill and Super-G)
  • 2008 Paralympic Summer Games – Gold Medal Wheelchair Basketball
  • 2007 Parapan American Games – Gold Medal