Noah's learning a New Arc with Snowboarding - National Ability Center

Noah’s learning a New Arc with Snowboarding

“There was pain in my left knee, not thinking much of it, I played it off.” Said Elliot. It was not until a few weeks after the pain began Noah would come to find out that pain was something that would forever change his journey. 

Noah Elliot is no stranger to competitive environments, and the thrill of adventure sports. Growing up in a suburb of St. Louis, Noah became fond of skateboarding at an early age. At age 15 the local skate shops and companies were offering sponsorships and opening doors for Noah in the skate world- it was not till early into his 16th birthday, Noah started to notice a decline in his skateboarding.

“There was pain in my left knee, not thinking much of it, I played it off.” Said Elliot. It was not until a few weeks after the pain began Noah would come to find out that pain was something that would forever change his journey.

Noah was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is clinically determined as Bone Cancer, and the cancer was eating away at Noah’s knee. Noah quickly went in for surgery to implant an external port line in his chest to receive chemo. After under going a year of chemotherapy, the doctors opted to give Noah a complete knee replacement, in hopes to eliminate pain and allow Noah to keep his leg. Unfortunately Noah’s body did not accept the replacement, and began to reject the metal that was involved in his limb salvage. While Noah was given quite a few obstacles at such a young age, and things seemed dim, his spirit was not broken. At the age 17 he was given less then two weeks to make a decision – to keep the limb, or to have an above the knee amputation- he chose the later. It was at that moment Noah began training and preparing his body to get back to what he loved, skateboarding and action sports- with just a new word attached to the category of sports he loves, Adaptive.

Fast forward a few years, Noah is thriving in Park City, Utah. The 2016 season has been Noah’s first year on the competitive snowboard team that is paired with Team Utah and it has been impactful. As any athlete can attest- sports are so much more than the training aspect, the team cohesion, the hours on end of practice, all leading up to the showcasing of competition events that make memories, and competition has solidified Noah’s passion this season. Noah alongside the rest of our athletes continue to train and improve in hopes of arriving at the Paralympic level, and it is major thanks to partners like Vail Epic Promise and Park City Mountain that allow their training facilities to be world class, along with making Utah home for them, and the greatest snow on earth.

Noah is one of the many stories the National Ability Center sees daily, learn how you can get involved and play a vital role in stories like Noah at DiscoverNAC.

 

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