Roundy shares her story with students
BONDVILLE — Nicole Roundy, a former Paralympic athlete and motivational speaker and advocate for both The National Ability Center and The Challenged Athletes Foundation, recently visited students at The Mountain School at Winhall to share her story of perseverance and success.
In 1994, at just 8-years-old, Roundy was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. After aggressive chemotherapy treatment, she chose to amputate her right leg above the knee. As a young adult, she participated in local sport programs, including volleyball and basketball but never embraced one sport over the other.
In 2002 she was introduced to three track skiing. While she loved the adrenaline and excitement, something was missing. It became her goal to defy the "impossible," and learn to snowboard.
In 2006, she became the first above-knee amputee to compete in para-snowboarding. Eight years later, she competed for Team USA at the first-ever snowboarding events in the Paralympic Games. She represented Team USA again in 2018. Roundy won 17 medals in the course of her storied professional career.
MSW students enjoyed learning from Roundy and asking her questions about her life and athletic accomplishments.
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