Brittani Coury

Brittani Coury

 

The Backstory:
Coury chose amputation in 2011 after an eight-year battle with complications stemming from a broken ankle. A snowboarder throughout adolescence, Coury stopped riding after limb loss and earned a nursing degree. Her passion for the sport was reignited during the 2014 Paralympics, which were the first to include snowboarding as a medal event. Four years later, at PyeongChang, she won a silver medal.

Away from the slopes: When the slopes are closed during warm-weather months, Coury works as a nurse at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

In their own words:
“I love being a nurse. It’s my other passion aside from snowboarding, and in times like these, if you have a degree, especially in health care, and you don’t put it to use and you don’t go out there and help, I feel like that’s such a huge disservice.” (link)

“During all of my surgeries I had incredible nurses, and I’ve had nurses throughout my adult life that have impacted me in such a way that it inspired me to want to become a nurse. I saw that I could do that for somebody else. Now I’m able to do my passion all year long. I work as a nurse during the summer, and then I get to snowboard all winter long. Snowboarding is what inspired me to want to become a nurse and nursing is what’s allowing me to snowboard.” (link)

Learn more:
Team USA page
IPC page
Paralympic.org
, “Brittani Coury puts on nursing gear to fight COVID-19”
Ikon Pass, “Boundless” (video)

TEAM USA

Prior Paralympics: 2018

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  • Sport: Snowboarding
  • Limb Difference: Right below knee
  • DOB: 3/27/1986
  • Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
  • College: Pueblo Community College
  • Classification: SB-LL2

 

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