Alaskan skier inspires others to reach their goals

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Blind skier Kevin Whitley skied in the Tour of Anchorage this month.

He was the victim of a violent assault that caused him to lose his vision.

"I cross country skied in high school," Whitley said. "I downhill skied for quite sometime, a few decades. Once I lost my sight I didn't think it was possible for me to get out and do it again."

Whitley is an instructor at Alaska's Center for the Blind. He teaches the blind and visually impaired manual skills.

"If you can operate a table saw, a planar or a drill press blind, then you can certainly learn braille," he said.

Whitley was one of four Americans that traveled to Norway last year to ski in Ridderweek, an annual skiing event for the blind and partially sighted.

He plans on returning to Norway later this month.

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