LINCOLN, N.H. —From the rubble of a Pakistani school room to the slopes of Loon Mountain, Insha Afsar has come a long way.
The 14-year-old lost one leg when a massive earthquake destroyed her school and devastated her nation.
Now, with only one leg, she was tearing down the giant slalom course, while competing in the U.S. Paralympic Alpine National Championships, Wednesday at Loon Mountain.
She said she is loving her new life in America, which includes a new talent as a ski racer.
Insha is competing with more than 40 athletes from across in the alpine championship. It will be wrapping up Thursday with slalom competition, which she prefers to giant slalom.
She now attends Berkshire Academy in Massachusetts and is an athlete sponsored by the Loon-based New England Disabled Sports.
Jessica Harney, a member of the board at NEDS and a volunteer at the event said things have gone very smoothly with athletes here from all over the world.
For Loon and NEDS to be hosting the event “is huge.”
Athletes have either lost limbs or suffered spinal cord injuries and some are visually impaired.
Harney noted some are veterans of the armed services.
While the age range of the athletes is pretty broad, the youngest competitor is Owen Anketell.
The 14-year-old Hudson, Massachusetts boy was also competing Wednesday.
He went from a disappointing first run finish on a mono-ski, to shaving his time by eight seconds on the second run, because he swapped out a ski.
Owen is also a NEDS athlete.
The slalom will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Governor Adams Lodge.