Berks Co. man to hit the slopes for Paralympic competition

Berks Co. man to hit the slopes for Paralympic competition

TOPTON, Pa. - The Winter Olympics are not over yet.

The Paralympic Competition is underway in Sochi, Russia and one Berks County native will be hitting the slopes.

Tyler Carter is a 2012 Brandywine Heights graduate.

He played basketball and karate growing up, but when he was eight-years-old he decided to try a different sport.

"He started skiing and that was his love and it has been going on since then," said Tyler's father Edward Carter.

But things were a bit more challenging for Tyler.

He was born without a fibula and had his leg amputated when he was just one year old, but Tyler's father Edward tells us that did not stop his son from being like any other child.

By age 10, he was invited to the summer camp at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort in Oregon.

By age 13, he was invited to his first U.S. Nationals.

Then last year, a good performance at the U.S. Nationals and World Cup lead him to an invitation to compete on the U.S. Paralympic men's alpine skiing team in Russia.

"He is just motivated. He sets his mind to a dream and he will just go for it until he gets it," said Carter.

The Topton community has really rallied around Tyler, but his biggest fan is still his dad.

"We are really proud of him. He has worked awfully hard the last two years to get to this point," said Carter.

When Tyler is not skiing, he is volunteering at Camelback Mountain, the place where he learned to ski, or volunteering at Amputee Coalition's summer youth camp.

Tyler will compete on the U.S. Paralympic Team this Sat., March 15.

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