Lera

Challenge: Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, Bilateral Above Knee Amputee

Sports: Sled Hockey, Handcycling, Swimming

Bio:  Throughout her life, Lera has always had an interest in sports and how they all play out. She now is active in many sports, including sled hockey, swimming, and hand-cycling and as a young child had the wish to go to the Paralympics for swimming. Lera now hopes to follow through on that wish in sled hockey and hand-cycling.

Lera was born in Russia and was adopted at the age of two. Born with arthrogryposis in both legs, she wore  braces for most of her life until a year a few years ago when she decided to take control of her mobility through a double above knee amputation. Now independence is a key part of her life and “disability” isn’t a word in her dictionary.

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