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February 27, 2014
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SRU graduate serves as Sochi Paralympic Games guide

Kimberlee Seevers, a 1980 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate, has been named one of four guides for a member of the 2014 Paralympic Alpine skiing team participating in next week's Paralympic Games in Sochi Russia.
The games, which will be carried in part on NBC and NBC Sports Network, run March 7-16.
Seevers has paired with Adaptive Sports Foundation Race Team member and visually impaired athlete Staci Mannella. The pair have been training and racing together since 2009. In 2011, they were named to the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team. Mannella participated in the 2014 World Cup Copper Mountain events where she took fifth in giant slalom and  slalom; at the NorAm Winter Park event where she scored first in giant slalom and fourth in slalom; at NorAm Aspen events where she scored second in downhill; and in the U.S. National Championships, where she took second in downhill and super-G.
Mannella is among the youngest members of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing team. She began skiing at age 4, using a bamboo pole between two sighted skiers.

Seever works as a grant writer for Adaptive Sports Foundation in Averill, N.Y. She is a member of both the adaptive and Alpine education staffs with the Eastern Division of PSIA-AASI. She has also served as the education director for both the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division and at the national level in Lakewood, Colo. In 2012, she was named coach of the 2012 PSIA-AASI adaptive team.
The U.S. athlete portion of the games is under direction of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee. The U.S. team includes 26 athletes who will compete in five disciplines: downhill, super-G, super combined, slalom and giant slalom. In addition to the alpine skiing, athletes will participate in biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling.
Television coverage begins with the March 7 opening ceremony., will live stream all events.

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