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Team USA Para Nordic Skier Max Nelson discusses his journey to the Paralympic Games, including his experience at the Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Slovenia.
MAX NELSON: My name is Max Nelson. I am from Minnesota. I'm 17. And the journey has been a long one. I would say this last year, winning Metro East Conference for my high school team and getting to know the Paralympic coaches, it has been really awesome. And my first World Cup in Slovenia was amazing. And that was my first ever big race to see what the competition was going to be like for Beijing.
I got involved with skiing when I was seven years old. My dad introduced it to me. And he's actually not a skier. He got me involved. And fast forward six years later, I joined the high school team, and I joined varsity. And I-- then my section's race-- that's like if you go to state or not, you qualify. But I met the Paralympic coach BethAnn Chamberlain, and she got me involved in, like-- I met all the coaches eighth grade year. My 11th grade year, I won Metro East Conference, like I said, and then the next week I went to Slovenia for the World Cup. So that was pretty awesome, and I definitely learned a lot from that. And I can't wait to see what comes up in Canmore and see what happens.