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Wenham’s Stephens focuses on smooth run at Paralympic Games

Eight years ago, Laurie Stephens was more daunted by her upcoming appearance on the “Today Show” than the challenge of hurling down the world’s slickest and steepest mountains on a single ski.

Stephens, a monoskier from Wenham, was favored to sweep the alpine skiing events at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy, a competition in which physically challenged athletes compete two weeks after the Olympics, using the same venues.

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