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Kailyn Forsberg returns to slopes for first time since April crash

Kailyn Forsberg flaunts an "I am a Skier" shirt during her first day back on the snow since being paralyzed in a slopestyle skiing accident last year.
Aaron Ontiveroz / The Denver Pos | THE DENVER POST

WINTER PARK — On a windy and cold morning in the mountains, family and friends gathered for a ski day that could have gone two ways for Kailyn Forsberg’s return to the snow.

If the falls proved too plentiful and painful to body and ego, she might have shed her lifelong identity as a skier. Or, if the turns rekindled a dormant but unextinguished flame, the soon-to-be 16-year-old would reconnect with the sport she loves even though it robbed her of so much.

Oh, she fell Saturday. Over and over.

Each time, she pitched into the snow, she shook with laughter.

“It’s so funny. It’s like slow motion. I’m falling. I’m still falling,” she said as National Sports Center for the Disabled ski instructors Ronnie Meadows and Yuka Kaneko propped her bucket-seated monoski back upright on the snow at Winter Park ski area. “I love it.”

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