coach Sarah Lemcool rests her head on AJ Maynard, 17, of Mattawan
before the start of the 2014 Southwest Regional Winter Games at Timber
Ridge Ski Resort in Gobles Tuesday Jan. 21. Maynard was born with Down
syndrome but that hasn't stopped him from living a full life, competing
in multiple Special Olympic events such as basketball, swimming, and
track. But according to AJ's adoptive mother Chris Maynard, it's skiing
that has had the biggest impact on his life. "That's when we really saw
his confidence burst," said Chris on AJ skiing.