Mike Shea tops teammates as Team USA dominates NorAm
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. ― For most of the country it may have been Super Bowl Sunday but for the nation’s top adaptive snowboarders, it was a day of super snowboarding on the difficult Vein Glory course at Copper Mountain, Colo. Team USA claimed all three NorAm Cup medals in the men’s lower limb impairment race while Amy Purdy and Heidi Jo Duce won silver and bronze in the women’s race.
Mike Shea won his first major international title Sunday with a time of 1:46.50, an improvement from his fourth place performance a week earlier in South Tahoe, Nev. World champion Evan Strong, the American who won the competition last week, was just a few seconds behind. He finished in 1:48.78 after a mistake cost him valuable time on his second run. Keith Gabel was third in 1.55.83.
Bibian Mentel of The Netherlands, who topped the podium last week, once again dominated the women’s competition finishing in 1:58.61. American Amy Purdy, who at 33 is seven years Mentel’s junior, was second (2:41.60). Her teammate Heidi Jo Duce came third in 2:56.42.
Marc Evers won the men’s upper limb impairment race in 2:12.64. Australia’s Matthew Robinson claimed the silver medal with a time of 2:29.80.