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BUZZER TO BUZZER After a long day, Waddell surveys Park City's Three Kings.

BUZZER TO BUZZER After a long day, Waddell surveys Park City’s Three Kings.

BUZZER TO BUZZER Equipment stands ready in the gear room at NAC's mountain headquarters

BUZZER TO BUZZER Equipment stands ready in the gear room at NAC’s mountain headquarters

BUZZER TO BUZZER Waddell beefs up with the rollers during a 5:30 a.m. workout in his baseme.

BUZZER TO BUZZER Waddell beefs up with the rollers during a 5:30 a.m. workout in his baseme.

The author, down but not out.

The author, down but not out.

Waddell leads the author in her tentative assault on King Con ridge.

Waddell leads the author in her tentative assault on King Con ridge.

Waddell (left) escorts the author up Park City's First Time lift.

Waddell (left) escorts the author up Park City’s First Time lift.

A wheelchair parked outside the NAC waits for its owner to return from a day on the hill.

A wheelchair parked outside the NAC waits for its owner to return from a day on the hill.

Chris Waddell was a promising racer at Vermont's Middlebury College when a 1988 freeskiing injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. Today he's…

Chris Waddell was a promising racer at Vermont’s Middlebury College when a 1988 freeskiing injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. Today he’s among the world’s top Paralympic competitors, widely credited with inventing modern monoski technique.

Chris Waddell was a promising racer at Vermont's Middlebury College when a 1988 freeskiing injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. Today he's…

Chris Waddell was a promising racer at Vermont’s Middlebury College when a 1988 freeskiing injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. Today he’s among the world’s top Paralympic competitors, widely credited with inventing modern monoski technique.