“Alana Nichols is an inspiration to so many in New Mexico and across the country. Through determination and discipline she has become a world-class athlete, overcoming obstacles to achieve her dreams,” Luján said. “I am excited that Alana will again represent Farmington, New Mexico, and America on the global stage. I wish her the best as she continues to train for Rio and once again goes for the gold. I know she will continue to make us all proud.”
During their visit in Luján’s Washington office, they discussed Nichols’ journey from Farmington to the Paralympics and the important role sports played in her life following a snowboarding accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 17.