Three-Time U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalist, Alana Nichols, Clinches Spot for Rio in Third Sport 

Champion in Wheelchair Basketball, Alpine Skiing Adds Sprint Kayaking 


Duisburg, Germany –  Today at the 2016 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Paracanoe World Championships and European Canoe Sprint Olympic Qualifier, Alana Nichols finished eighth in the world in sprint kayaking claiming her spot for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games. Representing the United States for a fourth time at the Paralympic Games, Nichols entered the Olympic qualifier three days ago moving into semi-finals yesterday. With only nine competitors moving into finals today, Nichols not only finished in third place in semi-finals, but had a personal best with a time of 56.24 seconds.

"It feels absolutely amazing to have qualified for my third Paralympic sport,” said Nichols about her results today. “I set out on this mission not knowing if it was possible and now the dream is coming true! The hardest work is still ahead but I couldn't be more excited to continue training for my fifth Paralympics Games.”

Career Highlights

  • 2015        Duisburg, Germany: World Cup Bronze - Sprint Kayak 200m
  • 2014        Sochi, Russia: Paralympic Silver - Alpine Skiing Downhill
  • 2012        London, England: Paralympic 4th place - Wheelchair Basketball
  • 2011        World Champion - Downhill Super-G
  • 2011        Paralympic Athlete of the Year
  • 2011        Colorado Sports Woman of the Year
  • 2010-12  Three-Time ESPY nominee
  • 2010        Paralympic Winter Games - Two Gold: Downhill & Giant Slalom; Silver Super-G; Bronze Super Combined            
  • 2009        National Champion (Downhill & Super-G)
  • 2008        Beijing, China: Paralympic Summer Games - Gold Wheelchair Basketball 

About Alana Nichols

Alana Nichols is a world-class athlete with a passion for challenging herself and others. From a young age, her passion for sports and adventure has driven her and no matter what obstacle life throws her way, she takes a challenge head on. After suffering a spinal cord injury at age 17 while attempting a back flip on her snowboard, Alana quickly transitioned to adaptive sports. She is the first American female to win gold medals at both Summer (Wheelchair Basketball) and Winter (Alpine Ski Racing) Olympic/Paralympic Games. For more information on Alana Nichols, log on to