Industry Press Release

PSIA-AASI's 'Partially Sighted. Wicked Fast' Shares a Journey of Paralympic Proportions and Promise


Lakewood, CO (December 20, 2013) — The Paralympic Games were designed to emphasize participants’ athletic achievements, which is why  the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors'(PSIA-AASI) latest “Go With a Pro” video series will chronicle the accomplishments of visually impaired athletes as well as how skiing can change an individual’s life.

The new series, titled “Partially Sighted. Wicked Fast: A Girl, Her Guide, and the Quest for Sochi,” follows Staci Mannella, a visually impaired ski racer and U.S. Paralympic Team athlete, and Kim Seevers , U.S. Paralympic Guide and PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team Coach, as they prepare to compete in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“This is a story about the value of coaching and how skiing can change someone’s life,” said Mark Dorsey, PSIA-AASI Executive Director and CEO. “Staci and Kim are an odd couple, a teenager from New Jersey and a 56-year-old skier from New York, who have the largest age gap between guide and racer on the team and, we believe, in the games.”

Mannella, 17, was born with achromatopsia, which limits her vision to three feet and causes extreme sensitivity to light. But the disability hasn’t stopped her. She is already making waves this season, beginning with her International Paralympic Committee World Cup gold medal in slalom at Winter Games NZ (at New Zealand’s Coronet Peak).  Last week, Mannella and Seevers won a bronze medal in slalom at the IPC Alpine Skiing NorAm Cup at Copper Mountain, Colo. The good news continued with word that Mannella was accepted to Dartmouth College, where she’d applied for early decision for the 2014-15 school year.

Seevers is the program development and grants director for the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, New York, and served as the education director for PSIA-AASI from 2006 to 2008. She was the education director for PSIA-AASI’s Eastern Division from 1998 to 2004. In 2012, she was named coach of the PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team. Seevers and Mannella have trained and raced together since 2009, and in 2011 the U.S. Paralympics named the pair to the Alpine Skiing National Team.

The “Go With a Pro” video series is produced by the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors, the Professional Ski Instructors of America Education Foundation, and Subaru of America.

The webisodes will be available for broadcast during the 2013-14 ski season.

For More Information:

“Partially Sighted, Wicked Fast” Trailer:

[Episode 1] “The Big Debut”:

PSIA-AASI Adaptive Educational Resources:

PSIA-AASI Adaptive Team:


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