Granby’s Joy Rondeau named to U.S Paralympics Nordic development team
The National Sports Center for the Disabled announced last week that one of the center’s distinguished athletes, Joy Rondeau, has been named to the 2016-17 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Development Team.
Rondeau, a Colorado native from Granby, has been training with the NSCD’s competitive Nordic/Biathlon program in Winter Park for nearly two years under the direction of Shawn School and Mark Birdseye on a year-round basis.
“We are excited to see one of our own being represented on the 2016-17 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Development Team,” said Mark Birdseye, a Nordic coach with NSCD. “Joy is an outstanding athlete and all-around hard worker, and we are eager to see what the future holds for this amazing woman. We wish her the best of luck.”
Rondeau was named to the 2016-17 developmental team following a spring camp she attended in Bend, Oregon. She is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and competes on a sit Nordic ski. Her training has included a rigorous amount of on-snow winter Nordic training, combined with summer dryland training that involves strength training in the weight room, mountain boarding on the roads of Grand County, speed intervals on the track on her mountain board, and other cross-training activities.
This past March in Germany, she competed in her first World Cup Paralympic Nordic event for the U.S. National Paralympic Nordic team.
The 2016-17 U.S. Paralympics Nordic team is made up of seven renowned athletes, five of which are Paralympians. Two-time Paralympic medalist, Oksana Masters, headlines the team and is joined by military veterans Sean Halsted (Air Force), Bryan Price (Army and Paralympic medalist) and Andy Soule (Army). The remaining athletes include Rondeau, Mia Zutter and Jake Adicoff.
In addition to Rondeau, Masters and Soule have trained with the NSCD in the past.
Rondeau looks forward to continuing her training and development with adaptive Nordic and hopes to represent the U.S. in the next Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea.
For more information on this year’s team, visit the Team USA Paralympics program page at http://www.teamusa.org.
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