Update: Breckenridge’s Colby Fields won’t be headed to 2022 Winter Paralympic Games | SummitDaily.com

Update: Breckenridge’s Colby Fields won’t be headed to 2022 Winter Paralympic Games

Colby Fields snowboards down a mountainside in a big mountain snowboarding competition.
Colby Fields/Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct that Colby Fields will not be competing in the Paralympic Games.

The Summit Daily News reported that Summit High School student and Breckenridge resident Colby Fields was headed to the Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, but that is no longer the case.

Fields planned on attending the Paralympics, but no longer will due to a relatively new rule that requires athletes to have an International Paralympic Committee license for two years in order to be eligible to attend the Games.

Fields, who is 16, had planned to represent Summit County in the banked slalom and snowboard cross events.

Fields suffered a stroke days after his birth, which caused left-sided hemiplegia cerebral palsy.

He entered the competition season with his eyes set on being named to the Paralympic Team in addition to inspiring other young adaptive athletes to shoot for their dreams.

Since most Paralympic athletes are not sponsored, Fields had a GoFundMe page set up to help cover his travel expenses.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.