This paralyzed athlete is defying the odds

Though Evan Lalanne became paralyzed from the waist down after falling from Bishop’s Peak in 2016, he doesn’t let that stop him from enjoying life to the fullest.

On his Instagram, the recent Cal Poly grad posts videos of himself skiing, longboarding and partaking in all of the sports and activities everyone else does.

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“If I’m gonna be paralyzed, well, then I might as well be really good at it,” Evan joked during a speech he made to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.

After some trial and error, he explained that he came across mono-skiing, which immediately enticed him.

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“Right away I knew this was for me,” he said. “This is really where I’m gonna find my niche.”

Though it took Evan a while to get good at mono-skiing, by 2019 he was racing with the Paralympic Development Team.

“Learning to embrace obstacles and see them as opportunities hasn’t just helped me get through them, but it’s helped me find joy in every part of life,” Evan said.

Follow Evan on Instagram to keep up with his inspiring accomplishments!

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