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Hal O’Leary (1927–2021), taught amputee kids to ski

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Hal O’Leary was the founder of the National Sports Center for the Disabled, which offers skiing and other sports for athletes with disabilities.O’Leary was working as a ski instructor for Colorado’s Winter Park Resort in 1970 when he volunteered to teach a group of children with amputations to ski.

The 23 kids were visiting from Children’s Hospital in Denver, and O’Leary was the only ski instructor willing to take them under his wing and imagine how he could help them succeed on the slopes.

O’Leary was inspired to create new equipment for skiers with disabilities, and the National Sports Center for the Disabled was born from his work with them.

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