Tyler Carter - Topton, PA

My life has been defined by the fact that I am a right leg below the knee amputee. I was born without my fibula and had my leg amputated when I was one year old. This has actually opened so many doors for me and allowed me to do things that I would never have imagined. The most recent and biggest is that I had the incredible honor of representing the USA in the 2014 Sochi Paralympics in the Alpine Skiing Event. It was such an amazing experience and one I've been dreaming about for years. Of course this is not the only event and definitely not the only skiing related thing I have done. My list goes on and on but I really have been blessed. And with that I truly believe in giving back, especially to the groups and programs that have helped me achieve my goals. I love the adaptive world and every chance I get to work with someone with a disability or a program dedicated to adaptive sports, I take it. I may have a passion for the adaptive world but anytime I can help out anyone it makes my day. So thank you for everything, whether it's your support to help me achieve my dream or allowing me to help someone else achieve theirs.

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Meet Tyler

“Never ever give up, you can accomplish anything if you try"

While living with an amputation has been admittedly difficult for Tyler, it has also led him to meet an array of interesting people through his travels and participation in skiing. Skiing is Tyler’s true love, and he trains long and hard for races. Tyler trains primarily with the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado. Dedicating all of his time and energy he was able to make the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team and compete in the Giant Slalom Race at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. He finished 27th out of a large field and is already looking towards the future. He is back to training for the upcoming winter and already has his eyes set on the 2018 Games in Korea.

Tyler has a huge heart and is a strong believer in giving back to the community. He volunteers with numerous programs and spends much of his free time giving back to the groups that helped get him started including the Adaptive Sports Foundation, Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports, Amputee Coalition of America Summer Youth Camp, and much more.

Tyler also just started doing motivational speeches and sharing his passion and journey. If you are interested in booking him for an event or just want more info please contact him. Keep up with Tyler through his blog and see Tyler in action in the photo gallery!

Tyler is looking for financial sponsors to help him train and work towards his goal of competing in the 2018 Paralympic Games as a skier. If you’re interested, you can contact Tyler to find out more.

Thank You!

Tyler wants to thank everyone that has helped him work towards his goals and dreams. He really appreciates it and hopes you will continue to support him throughout his future endeavors including training for the 2018 Paralympic Games in South Korea. A special thank you to the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, National Sports Center for the Disabled, the Amputee Coalition, U.S. Paralympics, the Carter and Hiryak families - specifically Edward, Suzanne, and Jackson Carter, and everyone else that has helped out along the way.

Contact Tyler

Tyler trains hard and has a winning attitude, but he needs support if he’s going to make it to the Paralympic Games. Want to learn more about how you can be a part of Tyler’s trip? Contact Tyler!


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Summer Update

July 15th 2014

Hi everyone,

Well things have been pretty wild post-sochi. First off it has been great being back home in Pennsylvania. I do miss the slopes but it is always good to come back to your roots. Basically as soon as I got home (mid April) I started a little speaking tour. Nothing to crazy, but I had the chance to speak at a few schools, special events, and probably the biggest one – the Berks County Community Foundation’s Best of Berks Luncheon. It was a big event with around 400-500 people there. It was great to be able to go and share some of my experiences with them and give some words of wisdom. I still have a long way to go, but I have learned a lot, especially about myself, in the past few months. I have really enjoyed all of the speaking events and I hope to do more in the future. P.S. if you are interested in me coming to speak at an event please contact me! If i’m available I would love to! :)

So besides my speaking tour I also had the great honor to be able to participate in the 2014 Olympic Day. I went to the Boys and Girls Club in Lancaster and the Tri-Valley YMCA’s Celebration of Olympic Day. It was great for me to be able to go and meet all these great kids and spend the day with them. We talked about the Olympic Spirit and good values. It was such an honor for me to take part in the event. And I look forward to being a part of it in the future!

Well in a few short days I will be flying to Ohio and participating in the Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rosbach Summer Youth Camp. It is a 5 dayish long camp where amputees ages 11 to 17 come out and spend time together. It is such a great opportunity for them, especially since for most of them it is the only time they get to be with some one like them. I went to camp for years as a camper and I really look forward to coming back as a counselor!

And that about wraps up what’s going on with me right now. Besides all these things going on I am still training and getting ready for this season. I still have my sights sight and goals loaded. Skiing is still my number 1 focus and I am very excited to pick up from where I left off last season.  Good things are coming!

Until next time,

TC

Mega Update

April 9th 2014

So where do I start…. First off i’m really bad at updating this blog… I apologize..
Between my crazy schedule and the lack of internet in areas I just forgot about this blog. So I do apologize. But on to the fun stuff.

I have been on a crazy roller coaster ride the past month. It has been incredible. Sochi was amazing! The view, experience, Opening and Closing Ceremonies…. Words can hardly describe it. I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone that has helped me reach my goals. My friends, family, coaches, first instructors, teachers, but most importantly my parents. Without their support I could have never gotten this far. And things are far from over, but more on that in a bit.

So Sochi was amazing. And my race went really well. I went out and put down two of my best Giant Slalom runs ever. And it showed. I was able to move up quite a few spots and finish in 27th place out of about 50 standing male athletes. So I am really happy with how my first trip to the Games went.

When I got home I was hit hard by jet lag. But I had no time to relax. I had about 2 days off and then back to training. Because Nationals was right around the corner. So exactly a week from when I made my trip home we set off for Park City, Utah for U.S. Nationals. Overall the week was not my best skiing. I got a nasty cold right before I left so I was fighting that most of the week. And the snow conditions were not the best. But that’s ski racing. Even with those obstacles I was able to get two 3rd place finishes (one in the GS Noram Race and the other in the Slalom National Race). So I finished 2 out of the 4 races but ended up with 2 Bronze Medals. Not a bad way to end the year. After we got back from Nationals I was home for a few days and then off to Washington.

I went to Washington, D.C. with just about the whole U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Delegation. It was once again such an incredible experience that is hard to describe in words. But I’ll try. So first thing in D.C. was the Best of U.S. Awards. WOW… I have to say if you ever get the opportunity to walk a Red Carpet for any event, do it! It was so much fun walking down the Red Carpet and being around the media. WOW… It was such a great show (at the Legendary Warner Theater). There I got to met some many Olympians including Mikaela Shiffrin and Sage Kotsenburg… Yeah two Olympic Gold Medalists. Whoa… So the next day was arguably the best day of my life and best part of this whole experience; the White House Trip. We got a tour of the White House and eventual we got to meet the President and First Lady. Whoa…. It was such an incredible experience to meet President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. I even got to shake both of their hands!! Whoa..
The rest of the trip was relatively calm with some great classes and speakers talking about everything from education to fundraising. And we got to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier at a private screening… If you haven’t seen it you need to, it’s that good.

So now I pretty much wrapped up that last month. I am back in Colorado now packing things up. I leave April 17th to head back to PA. Time to get back to training and figure out my next plans. I have had now about 2 weeks off to relax so it’s about that time to get back in the gym and get ready for next season. I mean I only have 4 years till Korea!!! So far my plan is to move back out here to Winter Park next November and train full-time. And who knows maybe I’ll pick up a Summer Sport too…….

Well that’s it for me. Time to go do something productive, like pack up this box sitting in front of me…
Thank you again to everyone for all of your support. It really does mean a lot to me. And I hope I made you proud and will continue to do that over the rest of my career. I am not slowing down anytime soon! So go TEAM USA!!!

Sincerely,

TC

10 Days and Counting!

February 20th 2014

WOOO!!! In about 10 Days I will be on the journey of a lifetime! Headed to Russia to compete in my first Paralympic Games! I am super excited and can’t wait to represent the USA and try to bring home the GOLD!! I officially leave on March 2nd and come back on the 17th.

I just recently got back from Aspen, Colorado where i competed in the US Adaptive Nationals. I was able to manage a 4th place finish in the Super-Combined Event (the event consists of a Super-G Run and a Slalom Run). This was my first actual Super-Combined so I am really happy with my finish.

So I am going to be racing in the Giant Slalom Race in Russia. The race is on March 15th but it will be broadcasted on the 16th on NBC Sports at 4:30am. It will also be streamed live on teamusa.org. Here is the schedule of the coverage http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2014/February/19/NBC-Olympics-announces-television-schedule-for-Sochi-2014-Paralympic-Winter-Games.

As I enter my final days of training before the games I am extremely grateful for all of the support from everyone! I really appreciate it and it helps knowing I have all of you behind me supporting me!

Please check out my Facebook athlete page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tyler-Carter/186930097884?ref=hl) Tyler Carter and my twitter account @tcski2014 for instant updates on what I am up too!

This is going to be an amazing journey and I’m glad you are all coming along for the ride!

Thank you!

 

TC

 

I’M GOING TO RUSSIA!!!!!

February 9th 2014

The team is named, and I have the great honor of representing Team USA in the 2014 Paralympics in Russia! I will be racing in the Giant Slalom event. The Paralympics start March 7th and end on the 17th. I am so excited for this amazing opportunity. Thank you so much to everyone that has helped get me to this point!

So I am back in PA for another day before I head back out to Colorado for more racing and training. I came home a week ago and have spent the past 5 days at Camelback Mt. in the Poconos coaching a learn to ski camp. The camp is run by the Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports (which is an amazing program!). We had a great week and everyone had a great time! It was so much fun coaching some younger athletes and see them improve so much!

Tuesday I am headed to Aspen, CO for the US Speed Nationals. I will be racing in the Super-G and Super Combined Races. After that I head back to Winter Park for a few weeks. And then I’m off to Russia!

Thank you again to everyone for your support over this past few years. I could not have done it without you!
LET’S GO TEAM USA!!!!

Sincerely,

Tyler (TC)

Happy New Year and some other things!

January 2nd 2014

Happy New Year to everyone! Here’s to a great year!
So I am just finishing up racing here in Winter Park. 2 out of 3 races done. And they have been some tough races! Unpredictable conditions and tough courses make for a challenging race. I’ve been getting some decent results. Not doing as well as I would like but I’m working hard and figuring things out. Everything adds up and the end goal for this season is the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Anything can happen and I’m working hard and trying to make it.
Thank you everyone for your support.

New update soon!

TC

Major Update Time

December 18th 2013

So…. I’ve been super busy. Sorry for the delay on updates but I just got back from 2 weeks of traveling.
Alright so I just got done racing at Copper Mt. I had 6 races in 6 days. The races went extremely well! I skied really well and got some great results! I ended up finishing 5 out of the 6 races (I hooked a gate in the last slalom race in the second run.) So now I’m back to training. We train till Saturday and then off for Christmas! I will be spending the holidays here in Colorado and not home in Pennsylvania. Even though we stop training on Saturday I plan to spend all my extra time working out and figuring things out on the snow. Our next races are on Jan. 1st here in Winter Park. So Happy Holidays to everyone and please check out my twitter and facebook for daily updates of what I’m doing.
Thanks for your support!

TC

Training, Training, Training!

November 23rd 2013

So I am a couple weeks into the season and things are going really well!!! I have been working my butt off training on and off the snow and it’s starting to show.

Form and technique are key in the early season and that’s all I have been focusing on. It’s starting to really come together and I’m really excited with the results.

My first race this season is at Copper Mt. and it’s coming up in just a couple weeks! Time really does fly when you are having fun!

I trained Giant Slalom (my favorite and best event) all last week. There were a few up and down times but overall it was a very productive week and I figured out a lot of things. Today we started training Slalom (not my favorite event) for the first time this season. And I am happy to say it went extremely well. I made a lot of progress and probably skied my best slalom ever. Of course it was just the first day so we’ll have to see what tomorrow brings!

Until I get some internet going at my condo my posts will not be regular. I will however post when I have important news!

Thank you,

TC

On a side note, if you want to help me on my journey to the Paralympics by donating money I would really appreciate it. Ski racing is expensive and I am not currently working (i’m literally training all day). So if you would like to help please either go to my donate page or click on this link -> http://www.crowdrise.com/tylercarte/fundraiser/theimablefoundation1

Thanks

Welcome to Winter

November 16th 2013

So I just moved out to Winter Park, CO last week. I will be living here for about 6 months!!!

So far I have been on snow for 4 days. Even with the limited terrain skiing has been going really well. I have been working extremely hard on my technique and form. So excited for this season! Things are starting to come together! Looking forward to a great season.

Well that’s it for now.

Thanks,

TC

First Post

October 4th 2013

Hi Everyone!

This is my official blog where I will post what I’m up too.

I will try to post regularly and let you know when something exciting happens.

Thank you for your support!

 

Tyler