Nobody told Rochester Hills, Michigan skier Jamie Stanton that he was disabled. He lost the bottom of his right leg when he was 6-months-old but that didn't stop his love of snow sports.
He competed against able-bodied athletes throughout high school and many of his competitors didn't know he skied with a prosthetic leg. "I don't try to hide it at all but it's just one of those things where it's part of me and it's natural, and, I don't know what to say, it's part of me.''
On the disabled circuit a few months, the 19-year-old University of Denver student has moved up in the world rankings and will soon compete in his first Paralympics.
Stanton is representing the United States in four Alpine skiing events_the slalom, giant slalom, Super-G and super combined skiing events in Sochi. The games begin March 7.
The competition will be tough. Among the competitors is Mathias Lanzinger, an Austrian who lost part of his left leg after a horrific crash at at 2008 World Cup event.
Stanton is looking forward to competing against one of his idols. ``I remember watching him growing up and now here he is, he's my biggest competition.''