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Camelback's ski camp leads its students to Paralympics

Ten-year-old Madison Hahas is finishing her first week on skis.

"Were you nervous?" 69 News Reporter Bo Koltnow asked.

"I was," she said.

"How are you doing now?"

"They helped me a lot. I have the hang of it now," she said.

Hahas is part of Camelback Mountain Resort's Adaptive Ski Camp. It's a place were kids with physical disabilities learn to ride the slopes.

Two of its coaches are proof that you can not only adapt to any challenge but thrive. Stephanie Jallen, 22, is a two time Paralympic bronze medal winner despite being born with a condition that left the left side of her body underdeveloped.

Tyler Carter, 24, also competed in Sochi as a Paralympian with a bionic leg.

Both learned to ski at Camelback and come back to coach every year.

"What does it mean for you to come back to where you started and help in the same position?" Koltnow asked Carter.

"This is what it's all about. This is the best thing I could be doing in the world," he said.

The camp is now in its 26th year. Six of its students have made it to the Paralympics.

"If they can get here, we can give them a fun experience and they can take it as far as they want," Director Jeff McGinnis said.

It could be all the way to an international medal stand.

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