Life of US Alpine skier has been an uphill battle

Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times on

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Last fall, no one paid much attention to the thin, brown-eyed man sitting alone at a table in the middle of a hotel ballroom in Park City, Utah. Shiffrin had been in the same room that week. So had Nyman. Scads of cameras and microphones clustered around them. They have Olympic appearances and big-name sponsors and hefty social media followings.

"I couldn't have imagined sitting in the same room as them," Walsh said.

The illness, though, always lurks in the background. He posted on Facebook at 3:01 a.m. Jan. 1 that his latest test didn't find any cancer. Relief seemed to hang on each word.

"It's never really going to end," Walsh said. "That's something people don't really understand with cancer. You live with it for the rest of your life."

In the meantime, he has another task. When Nyman handed over his bib from Torino, Walsh made a promise. He'd earn a Paralympic bib one day and return the other bib to Nyman. The goal is almost within reach.


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