“It’s been more than a dream; it’s been his passion and what’s driven him, inspired him and motivated him to keep getting better,” said his mother Sheryl Haraghey, who with her husband Richard and Andrew’s brother Ryan have been his support team since Andrew first took up skiing.
Haraghey will compete in the two Paralympics alpine skiing events as a category LW1 athlete, which is for athletes with severe disabilities of the lower extremities in both limbs. Andrew has cerebral palsy.
A 2014 graduate of Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, CT, Haraghey aspired early on to become a competitor. He started skiing at 10 and won his first medal two years later. He raced throughout the Northeast while honing his skills at Mount Snow, first with the adaptive program, and then training with able-bodied skiers with Mount Snow’s alpine race team. at 14, he was invited to train with a nationally-renowned coach and in 2014 was invited to train at the National Abilities Center in Park City, UT. That same year he received the Bob Casey Courage Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance.
“I’m so very grateful for this opportunity to ski for the United States and for all the endless hours of support and encouragement I’ve received from my mom, dad, brother, friends, coaches and everyone in the Mount Snow area” said Haraghey, a public health major at Westminster College. “When I leave the starting gate at PyeongChang, I’ll ski my heart out for all of us.”
The Paralympic opening ceremony is scheduled for March 9, with the downhill set for March 10 and the super G March 11. The races will be televised by NBC.