13-year-old rebounds from tragedy

13-year-old rebounds from tragedy

Noah Hotchkiss mastering monoski, sets sights high
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Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss doesn’t need a lot of instruction these days, but sometimes he needs a push. Adaptive Sports Association volunteer Mollie McLam helps get Noah to the lift at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort.
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Noah Hotchkiss, 13, was cautious when he first started on a sit-ski. He recently entered his first race, and has his sights set high: the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Russia.
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With background as a soccer player and snowboarder, he’s always been a good athlete. Now, 13-year-old Noah Hotchkiss has focused his skills on the monoski.
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He can handle anything groomed, his instructors say, and he’s getting faster. Noah Hotchkiss, 13, skis with the Adaptive Sports Association at least once a week during the season.
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Durango - 03/21/12 - Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, charges down the mountain at Durango Mountain Resort on a monoski while spending the day skiing with the Adaptive Sports Association.
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Bumper stickers cover the back of Noah's wheel chair.
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Durango - 03/21/12 - Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, talks with staff while getting ready at Adaptive Sports Association located at Durango Mountain Resort for a day of skiing.
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JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
Durango - 03/21/12 - Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, talks with his his dad Jason Hotchkis, after getting ready at Adaptive Sports Association located at Durango Mountain Resort for a day of skiing.
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JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
Durango - 03/21/12 - Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, gets ready for a fun filled day of skiing at Durango Mountain Resort.
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Durango - 03/21/12 - Adaptive Sports Association volunteers Mollie McClam, and Andy Asmuth, get ready to take Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, out for a day of skiing at Durango Mountain Resort.
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Noah tranfers from his wheel chair to the bucket of the monoski.
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Durango - 03/21/12 - Adaptive Sports Association volunteers Mollie McClam, and Andy Asmuth, get ready to take Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, out for a day of skiing at Durango Mountain Resort.
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JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
Durango - 03/21/12 - Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, gets ready for a fun filled day of skiing at Durango Mountain Resort.
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Noah pushes himself toward the chairlift.
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JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
Durango - 03/21/12 - Adaptive Sports Association volunteer Mollie McClam, pushes Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, over to the ski lift to start a fun filled day of skiing at Durango Mountain Resort.
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Durango - 03/21/12 - Adaptive Sports Association volunteers Mollie McClam, and Andy Asmuth, take Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss,13, out for a day of skiing at Durango Mountain Resort.
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