A Life Less Ordinary with Sophie Elwes

#6 Alana Nichols - Making history at the Paralympic Games, coping with grief and the spiritual element of surfing

June 15, 2020 Sophie Elwes / Alana Nichols Season 1 Episode 6
A Life Less Ordinary with Sophie Elwes
#6 Alana Nichols - Making history at the Paralympic Games, coping with grief and the spiritual element of surfing
Show Notes

Alana Nichols is a five-time Paralympian and six-time medalist who has competed in three different sports - wheelchair basketball, alpine skiing and para-canoeing. She is the first US female Paralympian to win gold medals in both summer and winter games. Coming from a para-ski racing background, Alana is one of Sophie’s biggest role-models and a total inspiration for her. She is president of the Women’s Sports Association which advocates for equality for women in sport. Having finished Paralympic sport Alana has found the stoke in adaptive surfing, again, with incredible success. Sophie and Alana talk about being a multi-sport athlete, coping with the death of her brother, motherhood and how surfing, for her, is a form of meditation.