Paralympic skier visits UD amputee clinic, Independence Prosthetics


[TYLER CARTER] I lost my leg when I was 1 – born without my fibula. Just grew up learning how to adapt to being an amputee and I learned how
to ski at the age of 8. I was invited to a learn-to-ski camp at Camelback in the Poconos with the
Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports. [JOHN HORNE] Independence discovered
that there was an adaptive ski program at Camelback Mountain, so once we found
out, we reached out to the organizers and we said, “How can we sponsor kids from the
Delaware area?” and so I got to meet Tyler as he was kind of advancing his own
passion with skiing earlier on before the Paralympics and all that stuff,
before he’s now Tyler Carter. [TYLER] Coach needs to ski! Luckily, I was able to represent
Team USA in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. And then now, I’m training for Korea. [EMILY POLAKOWSKI] The amputee clinic is a combination with physical therapy
students, so we get the opportunity to interact with these individuals, and then
the orthotics and prosthetics company comes over. And then there’s also a
physician that comes to do a check-over of everyone. [JOHN] Before he started the clinic,
we took a cast so that we were able to start working on the model of his mold and then we were able to do a test fitting before he left. [TYLER] I’m looking forward to
getting a new ski leg, a new walking leg and being able to take this out on
the hill and kick some butt, hopefully. [EMILY] Tyler is at such a high level that we
needed to do more higher-level tests. We did more of the sidestepping and the
running and the pivoting and changing direction. And then the last test we did
was when he started on his belly and had to jump up and then quickly run through
obstacles. The information is used for a research perspective as well. We’re not
treating the people here, we’re just getting an assessment of where they are
and most of that information goes towards getting a new prosthetic. [TYLER] I’ve always been a strong believer of giving back to those that have helped you out
or just, you know, giving back to your local communities. One of the biggest
ones I contribute back to is the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports.
I go back each year to coach their ski camp. So I was once a, you know, one of the
little kids learning how to ski and now I get to run the camp, which is a huge
blessing for me that they let me come back and do that. [TYLER] Hey Madison?
[MADISON] Yeah? [TYLER] That was awesome, girl!
[MADISON] Thanks! [TYLER] There are so many sources of motivation for me. I mean, so many different people have helped me out. My parents are
probably number one. They’ve never said “no” to me. They’ve always pushed me to be
my best, to follow my dreams. It is a beautiful day here in Camelback. It’s a
little warm, the clouds are out a little bit. It was sunny. Eva here is a rockstar. The people I mentor, the kids I work with… Heyyyy! It’s not really for me. This is
a team effort even though it’s just me on the slopes, we’re all there in some
capacity and that’s what it’s all about. The people that have really helped me
out throughout the years – this is who I want to win for. My personal quote
is to never ever give up because you can accomplish anything if you try. And I
found that to be pretty true in life. You can have the whole world against you and
if you just keep going at it, you keep working and don’t ever lose that
spirit, that attitude, you’ll be able to find success. Three, two, one. Hands up!

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