Para-Nordic Skier Tyler Mosher Set to Climbs Stairs of CN Tower in Support of United Way
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TORONTO – Just nine years ago, Tyler Mosher was told by doctors he would never walk again. Now he is walking for others.
The Canadian Para-Nordic Ski Team member is taking time out of preparations for his first Paralympic Winter Games to join a group from ATHLETESCAN that will climb the stairs of Toronto’s CN Tower in support of the United Way. Mosher’s heroic climb will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2009.
Mosher broke his back in nine places after falling into a 30-foot hole while snowboarding on December 30, 2000. While his helmet likely saved his life, it didn’t prevent a severe spinal chord injury. His back at L-1 essentially exploded; resulting in paralysis from the waist down. It was thought the injury was complete, however, luck was on his side and he overcame the odds. After two years of rehab, Mosher regained mobility and about 60 per cent of his muscles. Through training and perseverance, Mosher learned to walk again, and although he cannot run or jump, he did learn to cross-country ski and snowboard again.
Today, Mosher is the current 2009 World Champion for Adaptive Snowboarding, and looks forward to representing Canada in Para-Nordic cross-country skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in his hometown of Whistler, B.C.
For more information on Mosher’s stair climb up the CN Tower, please visit http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=2398665 on the Internet.
Tyler Mosher – Para-Nordic Cross-Country Skiier
CN Tower – Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Registration – 255 Front Street West, Hall C, Toronto
Sunday, October 25
8 a.m. – Registration
Climbing to follow immediately
Athlete phone interviews can be arranged by calling Chris Dornan at 281-703-4394. Tyler will also be in the Toronto area for media interviews on Monday, October 26, 2009.