Team HartfordThe Team Hartford roster includes:
- Keith Gabel - In June 2005, Gabel was involved in a workplace industrial accident that crushed his left foot. A longtime recreational snowboarder, he discovered competitive Para snowboarding during the 2010-11 season and began training with the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. He earned a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team heading to Sochi, where he won a bronze medal in the sport's Paralympic debut. In 2015, he was an X Games Snowboarder X Adaptive gold medalist.
- Andrew Kurka - Kurka was injured at age 13 after an ATV accident severely damaged three vertebrae in the middle of his spinal cord. Two years after his accident, he first tried the mono-ski on the encouragement of his physical therapist. He went on to make the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team in 2010 and made his international debut. Kurka was unable to compete in the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 due to injuries and will make his Paralympic Games debut in PyeongChang 2018.
- Oksana Masters - Masters was born in Ukraine with birth defects as a direct result of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and was adopted at the age of 7 1/2. Over the course of seven years, due to the defects to her legs, she had to have both amputated. At age 13, she began rowing, and in 2012 brought home a bronze medal from the Paralympic Games London 2012. Shortly after, Masters began skiing and trained for 14 months leading up to the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, where she won a silver and bronze medal. Masters secured four Nordic skiing world titles at the end of the 2016-2017 season.
- Mike Shea - Shea grew up passionate about snowboarding but in September of 2002, he was involved in a boating accident. While wakeboarding with friends, the ski rope wrapped around his ankle and resulted in the instant amputation of his left leg. After a call from a Paralympic coach, Shea trained to compete in Para snowboarding and has since become one of the top Para snowboarders in the world. In 2014, Shea competed in his first Paralympic Games for Team USA, bringing home a silver medal.
- Evan Strong - Strong grew up in Hawaii and found a love for the cement waves of the skate park at a young age. Just 10 days before his 18th birthday, Strong was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by a drunk driver in a head-on collision which led to the partial amputation of his left leg. He moved to Lake Tahoe in October 2007 and learned how to snowboard. Strong became the first male to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the Paralympic Games Sochi 2014 and has continued to succeed for Team USA.
For 24 years, The Hartford has been a title sponsor of The Hartford Ski Spectacular - held in Breckenridge, Colo. this year from Dec. 4-10, 2017 - which is one of the nation's largest winter sports festivals for people with disabilities. Organized by Disabled Sports USA, the event has more than 800 registered participants annually.Team Hartford's Gabel, Shea and Kurka will attend The Hartford Ski Spectacular to share their passion and teach their sport to participants, including wounded service members and special guest Lilly Biagini, a 10-year-old who recently lost everything, including her prosthetic legs and wheelchair, in a wildfire that destroyed her home in Santa Rosa, Calif. In 2014, Biagini, who was born with a rare muscular condition, chose to amputate her legs above the knee. Over the course of its partnership with U.S. Paralympics, The Hartford has held more than 2,500 similar events, connecting millions of Americans with U.S. Paralympic athletes and sports. For more information on The Hartford and its support to U.S. Paralympic team, visit www.thehartford.com/willtoprevail and follow #WillToPrevail social media. About The Hartford The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at https://www.thehartford.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheHartford_PR. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., (NYSE: HIG) operates through its subsidiaries under the brand name, The Hartford, and is headquartered in Hartford, Conn. For additional details, please read The Hartford's legal notice. HIG-C Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We caution investors that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially. Investors should consider the important risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ. These important risks and uncertainties include those discussed in our 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-Q, and the other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update this release, which speaks as of the date issued.
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