Alpine Skiing

Paralympic skier nears the summit

Paralympic skier nears the summit

On Feb. 20, Katrina Schaber will find out if she’s made the U.S. alpine skiing team for next month’s 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

But even if the 20-year-old Carlsbad native doesn’t make the team this year, she’s already reached heights she never dreamed of as child.

Schaber was born with cerebral palsy and learning disorders, which made her early childhood years frustrating and lonely. In grade school, she was the kid who couldn’t tie her shoelaces, butter a piece of bread, play sports or even distinguish left from right. But after discovering her passion for ski racing in middle school, she has never looked back.

Today, Schaber ranks No. 4 in the U.S....