In June 2005, snowboarder Keith Gabel was involved in an industrial accident that crushed his left foot. Following four blood transfusions, 26 hyperbaric treatments and a blood clot in his left lung, the doctors told Gabel that he would most likely watch his foot die. After two weeks, he made the decision to amputate his foot. Gabel returned to his snowboard three months later. He won the silver medal behind teammate Evan Strong at the 2012 World Snowboard Federation Para-Snowboard World Championships. He won the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Snowboarding World Cup event in Maribor, Slovenia, beating New Zealand’s Carl Murphy and Strong who share the top spot in the world rankings. As of June 2013, Gabel is ranked No. 3 in the IPC snowboarding world rankings.