A Paralympian takes Pilates to Sochi

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Stephani Victor lost her legs and recreated herself as gold-medal winning Olympic athlete. Find out how she uses Pilates in her ski training and cheer her on as she makes her 4th appearance in the Paralympic Games in Sochi. Get updates by liking Stephanie on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/stephanivictor.

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  1. susandoespilates 5 years ago

    Hi Alisa,
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story and video!!!! Although I knew you worked with Stephani, I wasn’t aware of this video until today when a local (Birmingham, AL) Pilates Instructor told me about it. I’m still plugging away and will be forever grateful to you for your encouragement!
    Susan Cotten

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Susan it’s great to hear from you!! I’m so happy that you’re still at it and hope Pilates is paying off for you as well. Stephani went to Sochi but ended up having a terrible crash during her first race due to the miserable snow conditions but all of her own hard work during training made her able to recover quickly and she’s back on the slopes now. Another reason to keep working out!

  2. erinhebb 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Stephani’s story. She is extremely inspirational & whether or not she realizes it, she sends across a powerful message. She is hard core & has inspired me!!! Go Stephani!!

    Congrats on the well deserved accolades. Hope to see you soon.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Erin! I agree, Stephani is a total inspiration just by living her life. I think sometimes it must get really tiring for her to show up and have to be the center of attention but it reminds me that we all are serving as an example to others in everything we do.
      Hope to see you soon too!!

  3. Carol 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Alisa. Loved watching you work with Stephani. She is truly gifted and strong in more ways than one and pure gold with or without the medal in Sochi. Bring it Stephani!

  4. susannafoustok 7 years ago

    Alisa, this is a truly amazing video. Thank you for sharing her story with us, what a remarkable lady! It is so inspirational, I loved watching you teach her and her moving through the exercises so beautifully!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thanks Susanna, I have to mention that Stephani does her own workout almost every day in addition to her studio workouts. That consistency makes my job really easy.

  5. Wow, amazing! I was having a very difficult day, then I watched this video and it really put things in perspective. Thanks for sharing and great work Alisa with Stephani.

  6. LKVB 7 years ago

    so fantastic! inspiring, uplifting. Return to Life indeed. :))))))

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Right?! Whenever I am feeling like I can’t do something I think of Stephani and all doubt goes out the window.

  7. joesmat 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this piece of film Aliaa. Truly commendable.

  8. Gaia Faggiani
    gaia 7 years ago

    Thank you Allisa for sharing! Stephanie should be a model for each of us not only Pilates teachers, she turned a misfortune into a great opportunity to live a joyful life!

  9. Lseidell 7 years ago

    WOW!! Alisa and Stephani, thank you so much for sharing this. I too lost a limb unexpectedly, although very recently. I was a Pilates enthusiast before and one of my first thoughts when I learned I was going to lose my leg was Can I still do Pilates? I had actually used Pilatesology before it happened to keep up my practice and now use it as part of my rehab. And the answer is, Yes I can do it! I am not sure I have a Gold medal in my future but Sefani’s story has me thinking…;)

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Lseidell yes you can!! The possibilities are whatever you can imagine, and already you are proving that your body is incredibly resilient just by believing that you can still move the way you did before your loss. I would love to know more about your journey and how Pilates is helping you, would you be interested in sharing more?–if so, please send me a note at: alisa@pilatesology.com. Thank you so much for your comments, it means the world to Stephani to hear that her own story is meaningful.

  10. fitchris07
    fitchris07 7 years ago

    Wow! Gracias Alisa, por este video tan inspirador!!! Pilates es vida!!!!!

  11. kathy taylor 7 years ago

    WOW! Salty tears and a huge smile from my whole heart – so inspirational! I love to ski and I love to practice Pilates = no better feeling of freedom! Bring home the medal!

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Linda 7 years ago

    Thank you Elisa, and Stephani! Powerful! Affected me deeply and motivated me to live life to the fullest!

  13. pilatesangel 7 years ago

    Stephani, you rock! Thanks for sharing Alisa! Wonderful insight too as to activating limb movement through muscle memory and imagery! Perhaps my favorite video from Pilatesology! Love!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Isn’t Stephani amazing? I’m honored to get to share her story and process!

    • tracy 7 years ago

      My favorite as well….today! But seriously, what an amazing woman and very strong athlete!! The love story makes me teary ….. I have learned so much about mental toughness from watching her.

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