Nick was picked as an alternate for the 2017 Games, but would not stop believing that, somehow, he'd make the final team.
He's a student at the Beekman Center in Lansing, Mich., which serves students with intellectual and emotional impairments, also providing life skills and transition activities.
At 24, Nick is on track to receive a certificate of completion in 2018. This would be a huge accomplishment, not only because of what it will mean to him, but because of what it will mean to his mother. She works the overnight shift as a hospital custodian. They don’t see each other much because when his mother comes home from work, Nick has left for school.
Then came the news that Nick had made the final USA snowshoeing team! The first thing he needed was a passport, but Nick wasn’t able to show proof of residency. They finally found a shutoff notice from the cable company. That was good enough. Nick is counting his blessings for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine on the world stage.