Inspiring Stories – Visually Impaired Skier

Danelle UmsteadLast week Vision of Children posted two stories about visually impaired skiers, Danelle Umstead and Staci Mannella who competed at the Sochi Paralympics.

Danelle Umstead is legally blind due to retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye condition causing retinal degeneration and eventually blindness. Her husband, Rob serves as her skiing partner and guide down the mountain. She won a bronze medal in the Super Combined at Sochi to go with her two bronze medals from Vancouver in 2010. She and her husband run Vision4Gold.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/danelle-umstead-skiing-while-blind

Staci Mannella is legally blind due to achromatopsia, a non-progressive hereditary eye condition causing decreased vision, light sensitivity and color blindness. She skied in the Giant Slalom and the Slalom, finishing sixth in both races.

Their stories are ones of triumph and hope, showing that if you really put your mind to something you can overcome many things.

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