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.”
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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