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Team USA Para Nordic Skier Jake Adicoff explains how he has been able to overcome his vision impairment to become a Paralympic level cross-country skier, and how his friend and guide Sam Wood has helped him reach a new level.
JAKE ADICOFF: I'm Jake Adicoff. I'm currently in Sun Valley, Idaho where I grew up, and where I'm training now with the SVSEF gold team. And just got back from a training camp in Germany. Skied in a tunnel, which was a new experience, but I'm just really prepping for the season, getting really excited for snow.
My parents kind of put me in the Sun Valley SVSEF junior program for, actually, downhill skiing and cross-country, but cross-country skiing is a little bit more naturally easy for me. It's just with my vision, skiing gates was never really going to work for me.
And, to be honest, a lot of my closest friends were doing cross-country. That's kind of why I picked the sport at a young age. But since then, I've done a lot of skiing, kind of, by myself. I have good enough vision to ski by myself, so I'm lucky to be able to train by myself if I need to.
But this season I'm skiing with the guide, who happens to be one of my very best friends. His name is Sam Wood, another talented US skier. But we were working together trying to figure out, like, how to ski together quickly so that I can gain speed from drafting off of him. And he's a, you know, very technically talented skier, so just, like, skiing behind him improves my skiing.