Christina Belasco is a photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon. Currently a multimedia producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Belasco studied photography at the University of Oregon in Eugene. While in school, she frequently headed up to the slopes of Mount Bachelor. That’s where she met Ravi Drugan.
In 2004, at the age of 15, Ravi Drugan was hit by a train and lost both of his legs above the knee. Part of his recovery, Drugan learned to ski again several years after the accident with the help of Oregon Adaptive Sports. “At first, I did not think skiing on one ski was gonna be easy or even much fun,” Drugan told Source Weekly in Bend. “But I kept an open mind…After lunch, my dad and I went to the top of Hoodoo and I was skiing black diamonds with my dad; just me and him the rest of the day till last chair.”
Drugan did not stop there. He competed in his third Winter X Games in Aspen this year, placing third in Mono Ski Cross.
Drugan’s story is an inspiring one, and it touched Belasco, who followed Drugan last winter and captured the photos above and wrote the photo captions. Keep an eye out for Drugan next time you’re skiing at Mount Bachelor.