A first-time Paralympian in Sochi, standing skier Alana Ramsay earned two top-10 finishes in her first ever para-alpine World Cup in Panorama, B.C., in Jan. 2014.

Her best World Cup result to date is sixth place in giant slalom, and she has excelled on the Nor-Am circuit. An athlete with the ability to be an all-rounder, Ramsay especially shines in technical events like slalom and giant slalom. Ramsay, who was born with cerebral palsy, has been skiing for more than a decade, and Paralympian Lauren Woolstoncroft is her sports role model.

From Calgary, Ramsay was a top prospect on the Canadian national team this season and qualified for the Sochi Winter Paralympics with consistent results and a hard-charging attitude. Going to the Paralympics is the opportunity to be “part of the Canadian spirit,” said Ramsay.

Ramsay has a twin sister, loves animals and spends time with friends skiing for fun when she’s not in the start gate.

(Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)