“I’ve been riding since 1977. I’ve been racing since then, except for the past few years. I was the 40 and over Men’s Downhill Champion from 2007 all the way up to 2012. Lake Placid, NY, that’s where they had the ’82 Olympics. I raced down that mountain. Took me 11 minutes to get down the hill. It was phenomenal, to race where Olympic skiers and stuff went down.”

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Elena is a professional photographer and knitting enthusiast originally from Aliquippa and is somewhat ashamed to admit she currently resides in Butler. She has spent most of her life working for her family at Sheffield Lanes and The Fallout Shelter, where she fixes bowling machines and drinks. You can see more of her photography on her website or follow her on Facebook.