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    Stephanie Jallen of USA celebrates winning Bronze in the Women's Super-G - Standing on March 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

    The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games wrapped up recently, and Team USA earned a combined total of 28 medals -- two of which belong to 18-year-old Stephanie Jallen.

    The Harding Pa., native is an alumna of the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, where she developed as a ski-racer.

    Jallen, who earned two bronze medals -- one for the Super-G standing, and one for the women’s super combined -- credits the center’s staff for providing her with the support she needed to learn to ski independently, “even if it meant an instructor skiing next to Jallen so she could have someone to lean on when making those once-challenging turns,” according to TeamUSA.org.

    Along with Jallen, another of the center’s alumni competed at this year’s Paralympic Games. Topton, Pa. native Tyler Carter, 20, who competed in the men’s giant slalom event, attended the center when he was 8 years old, according to his Team USA profileRead more about this story on PBJ.com.

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