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Snowboarding saved the American Brittani Coury. “For me, snowboarding is where I can always go. When I stand on a snowboard, I forget all the heaviness that my childhood and adolescence brought and I feel incredible freedom,” she told Snowboarder Magazin. At the Beijing Paralympics, the 35-year-old finished fifth in the snowboard discipline. cross on Monday and Friday she finished ninth in the incline slalom, the category she won silver in Pyeongchang in 2018. One reason for the weaker performance could be that the professional snowboarder decided at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to return to her old job as a nurse.
The medal at the Games in South Korea was followed by four difficult years for Brittani Coury: “I broke my spine twice, had two labral tears in my hip, fractured my pelvis, had my leg checked and had multiple concussions brain,” he wrote on Instagram. . The 35-year-old contracted Covid while working at the hospital. During this time, he was unable to follow his passion as a snowboarder or her passion as a nurse. “Even as a healthy person, Covid fatigue is like nothing else,” Coury told Team USA. He has no regrets about going back to his old job: “My responsibility as a person is greater than being an athlete.” , explains in an interview with Glamour.
An accident. And four years after the surgery
At the age of twelve, Coury stepped on the board for the first time. Snowboarding made her feel like she belonged to her, that she was a part of something. At the age of 17, she had borrowed a friend’s oversized snowboard boots, she fell and rolled down the slope. When she tried to take off her snowboard boots, at first her foot wouldn’t come out of her shoe.
“I knew right away something was wrong,” he told Fox News Utah in a television interview. But an operation, a cast: It would have been six weeks in which Coury could not have been on the board. “The physical pain was nothing compared to the emotional pain that snowboarding put me through,” she said in the interview. She kept driving. Four years – with a broken ankle.
He did not have surgery until he was 21 years old. Eight more operations followed in the years that followed, and his ankle would not heal. At 25, Brittani Coury made the decision to lead a more active life: she had her leg amputated below the knee.
He never stopped snowboarding, even after his amputation, he gets back on the board and participates in competitions. Five years ago, she was accepted into the US Para-Snowboard team. At the Paralympic Games in Beijing, Britanni Coury was not enough for a medal. But maybe it’s her courage, her motivation and her faith in herself and her life that will inspire her to get back on track in the future.