Carlo Allegri, Associated Press
United States Olympic Winter Games Para-Alpine skier Danelle Umstead poses for a portrait at the 2013 Team USA Media Summit in Park City.

Utah’s represented at the 2014 Paralympic Games by five athletes and six individuals. Two alpine skiers and three snowboarders call Utah home, and they all have compelling stories of how they earned the right to represent the U.S. in the Sochi Paralympic Games.

The U.S. is one of six countries that's participated in every Paralympic Winter Games since the first competition in Sweden in 1976. This year, snowboarding makes its debut, and the U.S. sends 80 athletes to compete in Russia. The Paralympic competition begins March 8 and runs through March 16.

Meet the team