By Ben Ingersoll
The day that Steamboat Springs High School student Paige VanArsdale’s back didn’t writhe in pain after a day of skiing is when her life on the slopes suddenly changed forever.
Since the day Paige turned 3 years old, her way of growing up in Steamboat Springs was very much like any other kid her age. When it came to sign up for soccer, her mom, Melissa, got her on a team right away. When she wanted to try horseback riding, her family put her on a horse. Paige has played volleyball, swam competitively and joined the Sailors’ girls cross country team this fall.
But unlike most high school freshman athletes, Paige has an added obstacle, one that is hard to ignore and impossible to hide.
Paige has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects brain and nervous system functions. No CP patient is the same, but all show obvious signs.
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