Nick Scandone was a sailing enthusiast and racer
who, with his crew Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, took the gold medal in the SKUD-18 class at the 2008 Paralympics last September, died January 2, 2009 after a long fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. At 42, he had already outlived the average ALS sufferer by two years.
A well-respected, world-class sailboat racer
in his 20s and early 30s, he had been diagnosed with ALS at 36, but his love of racing
never faltered. So he and Ms. McKinnon-Tucker, a paraplegic from Massachusetts
, teamed up in the SKUD-18 class because they could control the vessel using only their hands.
To read the rest of the story of these exceptional sailors, go to:
Nick Scandone, Paralympic gold-medal sailor with ALS, leaves legacy at 42 - Los Angeles Times