Sandy was born without a right femur and her right foot was amputated at the age of 4. Still, she played, basketball, baseball, and high-jumped in high school. Also, Dukat was a member of the U.S. Disabled Swimming Team. After the '98 World Swimming Championships, she learned about disabled skiing and moved to Winter Park, CO for its outstanding program. Dukat lived in Winter Park and trained with the NSCD competitive program for 4 years. After her 3rd year with NSCD, Dukat made the U.S Disabled Ski Team.
Now a 7-year veteran on the U.S Disabled Ski Team, Dukat has attended the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Torino Paralympic Games. Dukat won 2 bronze medals in 2002 and 1 bronze medal in 2006. Dukat credits her early ski success to the strong NSCD program.
Besides skiing, Dukat has competed in Olympic-distance triathlons, cycling competitions as well as running races. One of Dukat's highlights in her athletic career was running the Chicago half-marathon in 2:02! Now Dukat finds time to rock climb and even telemark ski. Dukat plans to train this summer for Kilimanjaro by tackling the many fourteeners that are right here in Colorado.