Disabled Skier-Soldier

By: AP
By: AP

Army Captain David Rozelle enjoys breezing down Colorado's ski slopes with ease and doesn't run into trouble until the skiing is over.

The 31-year-old soldier from Fort Carson lost his right foot in a land mine explosion in Iraq in June. An artificial foot lets him ski, a blessed escape from his limp and his crutches, at least for a little while.

Hundreds of disabled veterans, including a handful from the war in Iraq, were at Breckenridge this week to learn how to ski and snowboard at an event run by Disabled Sports USA.

Disabled Sports executive director Kirk Bauer says he's seen wounded veterans take to the slopes before but it never fails to inspire him. He says people go from slow motion, all of a sudden, to being filled with confidence and having fun.


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