Inspiring stories from the Sochi Paralympic Games

World Footprints continues to have a wonderful time in Sochi, Russia as the city plays host to the country’s first ever Winter Paralympic Games.  Today we will introduce two extraordinary athletes who will inspire you with their stories of courage, tenancity and strength–skiier Stephanie Jallen and hockey player Nikko Landeros.  Both athletes are in Sochi and are focused on bringing home a Gold.  We’ll also introduce the mother of World Cup champion Stephanie Jallen.  Deb Jallen knows first-hand about what it takes to raise a champion athlete and she’ll share her journey with us.

Paralympian Nikko Landeros
Paralympian Nikko Landeros. Team USA sled hockey.

SPECIAL NOTEStephanie Jallen won a Bronze in the women’s Super-G in her Paralympic debut. Since childhood Jallen was serious about top-level skiing, giving up many of the normal activities of a teenager to train and compete.  Nikko has been the leading assist on goals obtained in hockey matches in Sochi.  He was part of the Gold Medal winning sled hockey team in Sochi where the USA defeated Russia in the final match.