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CLAY Kiana
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age25
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Corona, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Photographer
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Administration - Dallas Baptist University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried snowboarding at age four. She took up Para snowboarding in 2015 through the Adaptive Action Sports club in Copper Mountain, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She regularly went snowboarding with her family prior her accident. "[In 2015] I met [US Para snowboarder] Mike Schultz, who introduced me to Adaptive Action Sports, which is a snowboarding team. My heart and my soul are always in racing, just being competitive and just going fast. That's me, who I am and what I love."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
Name of coach
Amy Purdy [club], USA; Daniel Gale [club], USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Art, playing video games, surfing. (TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (supercrosslive.com, 20 Jun 2018)
Injuries
In 2018 she fractured her right wrist in a motocross racing accident. (TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You never know when your last gate drop will be, so make every one count." (kianaclay.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Other sports
She competed in motocross prior to her accident, and continues to race in adaptive motocross at national events in the United States of America. (kianaclay.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (kianaclay.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Impairment
In 2006 she was competing in motocross when she crashed and one of the riders behind her landed on her neck. She injured her brachial plexus, a network of nerves that extend from the spinal cord into the armpit, and she was later diagnosed with paralysis in her right arm. About a month after the racing accident, her condition became worse after she and her father were involved in a car crash in which the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a drunk driver. (Facebook page, 05 Jan 2019; kianaclay.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Other information
LIFE CHOICES
She wears her right arm in a sling that wraps across the front of her body while she is snowboarding or racing in motocross, as she has no control or feeling in the limb. In 2018 she fractured her right wrist after crashing during an adaptive motocross race and did not notice for a few days until her arm started to swell. She also experiences neuropathic pain in her right arm, which gets worse when she is stressed or unwell. "Around the house I let it hang out and let it do its thing, but that can still be dangerous. With the fractures and because I can't move it and have it heal faster, I'm actually a lot more prone to infections. So I'm considering the idea of amputating it, just to have more possibilities with prosthetics. Technology has come such a long way. I could be like Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars in five years and have a robotic arm." (TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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