Paralympic skier brings home bronze with third-place finish, sets sight on 2018
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Haraghey
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PARK CITY, UT- Andrew Haraghey, of Enfield, CT, whose on-snow career began as a 10-year-old with Center for Human Development in Springfield, MA., and AbilityPLUS at Mount Snow, VT, has taken a giant step toward achieving his dream of winning Paralympic gold by taking bronze at the recent Huntsman Cup race, taking the podium with two US Paralympic Ski Team racers fresh off competition at the Paralympics in Sochi. The Huntsman Cup is one of the premier alpine ski races for people with disabilities and this year drew more than 60 elite athletes from throughout the world. While in Park City, Haraghey received Westminster College’s Exemplary Achievement Award for overcoming adversity, and a $100,000 college scholarship.

Haraghey’s determination and tireless work have taken him on an incredible and improbable journey. With the assistance and love of his family, friends, and community that extends well beyond Enfield, he has worked his way to training and competing with top coaches and athletes throughout the United States and Canada, with a goal of representing the United States at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

One of only six NorAm-level events in North America during the 2013-14 season, “the Huntsman Cup paired with US Adaptive Alpine Nationals for two days of giant slalom and two days of slalom. Haraghey medaled on the final day of slalom competition.

Haraghey, 18, who has cerebral palsy, became a member of the AbilityPLUS program at Mount Snow Resort eight years ago, and immediately embraced the opportunity to apply his natural skill and determination to learn to ski.

At age 12 Haraghey joined the AbilityPLUS mentoring program, enriching the lives of others by helping them experience the joy and sense of independence and accomplishment that comes with skiing and snowboarding. He has volunteered at the Mount Snow AbilityPLUS center every year since, taking time from his rigorous training and school schedule to serve as inspiration for young people and adults, able-bodied and those challenged by a disability, alike. He also trains with the Mount Snow Alpine Race Team throughout the ski season.

For more information about Haraghey’s quest for 2018 visit www.andrewraces.com.
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