VANCOUVER, B.C. — After Mark Bathum left the Mission Ridge Ski Team in 1978, he nearly gave up skiing altogether. But now, 32 years later, he is getting ready to compete as an Paralympian.
“When I left Wenatchee, I really didn’t pick up my skis for a long time,” Bathum said. “I was frustrated over not making my goals of making the U.S. Ski Team and making the Olympics as an able-bodied person.”