Just one person can make a difference. In Abby Hess's life one stranger had an idea.
started through some stranger I didn't know," Hess said. "She noticed
my prosthetic leg and my crutch. She was like, 'I know the perfect sport
for you' and she told me about sled hockey and I tried it that day.
That day I loved it."
It's a sport that started
in the 1960s for disabled athletes who wanted to play a game on the
ice, except without using their lower body. Hess's favorite part of
"I could go fast, way faster
than I can on my feet," Hess said. "The best way to do sports is really
sitting down and using my upper body for me since I can't run."
Without the use of her legs, Hess needed to modify her life when she was born.
disability is that I have a severe case of scoliosis," Hess said. "Long
story short the surgeries didn't work out," Hess said. "I'll adjusted
to it, since it's pretty much been with me my entire life."
Hess began with displaced hips from the scoliosis, which lead to her prosthetic leg.
was just learning to accept it early on and learning to accept I
couldn't do all the stuff that other kids could do. So I had to go a
different route," Hess said. "I think in a way my disability is sort of a
blessing for me because I've had a lot of opportunities to compete in
sled hockey, adaptive biathlon, and other adaptive sports."
alternate path is what brought her right here in town to race at the
Casper Mountain Biathlon Club. It doesn't stop here though.
to compete in a Paralympic someday, one of these days. That's going to
be my goal now is to compete in a Paralympic event, whether I'm old or
No matter what age, Hess tackles every mountain with a smile, reporting in Casper, Megan Salle, K2 Sports.