Loon Mountain to host U.S. Paralympic championships
March 19. 2015 6:31PM
Fourteen-year old Owen Anketell will be competing in his first Paralympics National Championships representing Loon Mountain on March 26. (Courtesy/Jeb Wallace-Brodeur)
Top racers from across the United States will get in the start gate for four days of high-level competition and some New Hampshire favorites will compete at Loon.
The Paralympic events at Loon will also be an opportunity for newcomers to compete and progress up the pipeline such as 14-year-old Owen Anketell who trains with the NEDS Race Team at Loon.
Anketell from Hudson, Mass., will compete in giant slalom.
Anketell has heredity spastic paraplegia and has been in the adaptive program at Loon since age 3 and racing since 7.
“I met a lot of people who have influenced me on my skiing journey and I have a few other disabled skiers I’m buddies with such as Olympic skier Cam Shaw-Doran who pushes me to be my best,” said Anketell.
“Bode Miller inspired me. I’ve watched him race and it shows me what people are capable of. Even though he is not in a wheelchair, I knew I could eventually do that one day,” said Anketell.
“People come up to and compliment me on what I’ve done and see me skiing down the trail. I love it,” added Anketell.
Peggy Anketell, who has two sons in NEDS said, “We are excited. Owen’s life is skiing.”
“Being disabled and growing up there were not many opportunities in sports. We found he didn’t quality for Special Olympics because it’s more cognitive than physical,” said Owen’s mother.
NORAMs are March 23-24 and the U.S. Paralympics Championships are March 25-26 at Loon.