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DU shines at Paralympics

Two DU students and an alumna burned up the slopes at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, B.C.

DU’s Luba Lowery, a Russian major, competed in two sit-skiing events. She finished 9th in women’s slalom and 10th in women’s giant slalom.

Lowery was born in the Russian Federation but grew up in Cumberland, Maine. Last week, she told the Portland Press Herald, “it’s been my dream to be [in the Paralympics] since I was 11. I don’t want to leave.”

Nick Catanzarite, an environmental law and international development student, finished 34th in the men’s giant slalom but did not finish in the men’s super-G. Catanzarite also is a sit-skier.

Catanzarite is attending DU on a Willy Schaeffler Memorial Scholarship, which assists a disabled scholar-athlete — preferably one that’s a competitive skier — in their efforts to study at DU and abroad.

Alumna Allison Jones (BS mechanical engineering ’07) finished in the top-10 in five alpine skiing events. Her best finish was 6th place in the downhill. Sh’e also finished in 7th place in the slalom and giant slalom as well as 8th in the super-G and 9th in the super combined.

Jones won a gold medal in the women’s standing slalom at the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, Italy. She also attended DU on a Schaeffler Scholarship.

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