CABLE - The International Paralympics Nordic Skiing World Cup wrapped up competition this afternoon in Cable, Wisconsin. They hosted eight countries for the competition.
Team USA bagged four medals---to put its all-time medal count at sixteen.
But this event wasn't just about competing for medals--it was about coming together and not letting physical disability hold you back. It takes drive, perseverance, and absolute dedication to give team US a fighting chance at the Nordic Cup. Coach John Farra sees that in his athletes every day.
"It's real easy to wake up every morning and work for these athletes. They put everything on the line. They're living a very professional athlete lifestyle. Training twice a day and taking care of their bodies, taking care of their minds. And shear passion and work-ethic. It's very great to be a apart of and I'm very proud."
Dan Cnossen is a U-S Navy Seal who lost both legs in Afghanistan. That didn't stop him from earning the highest military ranking of Lt. Commander--or pulling in a bronze medal Saturday.
"I don't think we need to focus on the disability, just the athletic side of it. In the skiing class, we're skiing with just our upper body. Which any cross country skier is going to respect. The double pull technique...That's all we have available. The standing class is the visually impaired class; it's amazing what they do. But we're just athletes training and competing and working hard at a goal."
Military personnel and civilians alike, they all have something to overcome. And something Freestyle Skier, John Oman says is done together.
"It makes you feel like everybody else. It makes you feel like a competitor. It gives you that chance to go out and compete and do your thing and be intense. And a lot of it too is making friends with other people that are in a similar situation."
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Just a few years ago, crumbling cement, steps, and seats filled Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl. Now, a major reconstruction project is halfway done. It will hopefully give people from all over a chance to learn about Native American culture and traditions once again.
"We increase that sense of pride in our community," said Director of Planning and Development Emerson Coy.
Coy still remembers how the old Indian Bowl used to look like.
"It was used in bad shape before that and it was sad," said Coy.
SAYNER - A needle and thread means more to Pat Andersen than just sewing.
"I started quilting when I was 19 so it's been a passion of mine for a long time," said Pat.
Quilting gives her a community of ladies in the Northwoods.
"Sayner needs something like this, it needs something for the women to do," said Pat.
After moving to Sayner with her husband Don last spring, the two decided to buy the building that now houses Plum Lake Quilts. Pat needed somewhere to put her long arm machine and that eventually turned into a little retail business.
"I mean little and then it grew a little bit and it grew a little bit more," said Don Andersen.
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