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Greek Peak teaches disabled adults to ski

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Learning to ski can be a challenge for anybody and for some people with disabilities, it can seem impossible. But Greek Peak ski resort has been welcoming disabled adults to the slopes for years. Our Candace Hopkins caught up with one skier who wants to go from student to teacher.

CORTLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Jordan Oliver, 22, has always been athletic. But when he lost his leg two years ago in a motorcycle accident, he thought his sports days were behind him.

"Pretty much my whole life up until two and a half years ago, I was very, very active. I've never sat in front of a TV for more than an hour watching TV. I was outside doing something, whether it was playing basketball or football or with my friends, whatever, and since then, I've become much more limited in what I'm able to do," said Oliver.

But those limitations started to fade away last year. That's when YNN first interviewed Oliver, when he started learning to ski during the annual Challenge Week event. Robyn King runs the program, and has seen what it can do first hand.

"I call it magic and I saw it personally when my son was injured and lost his leg in an accident and this is my way of paying it forward also and for him it was magic. He learned to go fast again, he got his self-confidence back and I got my kid back," said King.

And Oliver says over the past year, King and the other volunteers have changed his life.

"I wasn't fully prepared to come here. I wasn't sure I wanted to do this, but with her pushing and pushing and I am here and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else every Sunday," said Oliver.

Oliver says this program has shown him he can accomplish any goal he sets for himself and now he wants to make sure other people know it too.

"I would love to be an instructor. I want to give back to this program more than it has given me, which will never happen, because like I said, they've really changed my life," Oliver said.

And with Oliver’s drive to pass that feeling on, the possibilities are endless.

This year's Challenge Week kicks off Monday. Between ten and fifteen adults are expected to participate.

The program is run completely off of grants and donations. You can find more information at www.gpadaptive.org.

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