Injured Soldiers Honored at Hartford Ski Spectacular

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Hartford, Conn. Dec 8, 2004 - The Hartford Ski Spectacular offers anyone with a physical disability an opportunity to experience snowboarding and skiing, both Alpine and Nordic. As a continuation of their 38 year history of rebuilding the lives of disabled veterans, DS/USA will host 30 U.S. soldiers who were severely injured overseas, along with their families, to participate in the week-long event. For many, this will be their first time participating in sports since their injury.

Together with the soldiers, disabled individuals of all ages from around the country, along with their families, will attend The Hartford Ski Spectacular. Throughout the week, participants will have access to learn-to-ski, learn-to-snowboard clinics and adaptive equipment demonstrations provided by the most experienced adaptive sports organizations from around the globe.

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Wichita-based US Army Captain Lonnie Moore, who lost his leg above the knee when an RPG pierced the turret of his Bradley in Ramadi, Iraq.

Fort Bragg-based US Army Staff Sergeant Dan Metzdorf who lost his right leg above the knee on a routine patrol from a roadside bomb near Baghdad; recently was passed fit for active duty and re-enlisted.

Virginia-based US Army Captain Leslie Smith who lost her left leg below the knee while serving in Bosnia after developing a near-fatal blood clot.

Other disabled soldiers, from Specialists to Captains in all military branches, from all over the U.S.EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:
Monday, December 6, 7-9:00 p.m.: Opening Banquet to welcome participants and special guestsTuesday, December 7, 6-7:15 p.m.: Special Guest Erik Weihenmayer presents Further than the Eye Can See, National Geographic FilmThursday, December 9, 10:00 a.m.: Elite Level races in slalom with the US Disabled Ski TeamFriday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.: Elite Level races in giant slalom with the US Disabled Ski TeamSaturday, December 11, 10:00 a.m.: Corporate Challenge Team Race which includes disabled racers with corporate sponsorsAll week long: Daily learn-to-ski sessions (Alpine and Nordic) and board clinics, race camps, and continuing education for instructors.A complete schedule of events and registration information can be found on the Web at: http://www.dsusa.org/winter-hartford.html