Sport: Snowboarding
Event(s): Snowboard-cross, Banked Slalom
Classification: SB-LL2
Height: 5-8
Weight: 150
Birthplace: San Francisco
Hometown: Maui, Hawaii
High School: Home-schooled ‘04
College: Sierra College (Rocklin, Calif.), Cabrillo College (Aptos, Calif.)
Paralympic Experience
  • Paralympian (2014); One-time medalist (1 gold)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, gold (snowboard-cross)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 - silver (snowboard-cross), 4th (banked slalom)
  • Years of Participation: 2012, 2015, 2017
  • Medals: 4 (1 gold, 3 silver)
  • Gold: 2012 (snowboard-cross)
  • Silver: 2017 (snowboard-cross); 2015 (snowboard-cross, banked slalom)
Personal: Strong grew up in Hawaii and found a love for the cement waves of the skate park at a young age. By the age of 13, Strong had inked his first skateboarding sponsorship, and by the time he was 17, he was on his way to a career as a professional skateboarder. Just 10 days before his 18th birthday, Strong was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by a drunk driver in a head-on collision which led to the partial amputation of his left leg. As Strong got his mobility back after the accident, he wanted to do anything and everything -- including snowboarding. Strong moved to Lake Tahoe in October 2007 to work at the Northstar-at-Tahoe resort and learn how to snowboard. Since then, Strong has earned every title in the sport of para snowboarding, including multiple X Games medals, world championship titles and world cup titles. Strong became the first male to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the Paralympic Games Sochi 2014 and has continued to succeed for Team USA. ...Son of Dr. Roger and Lisa Strong…Has two sisters, Stephanie and Arianna…Married Mariah Strong on February 10, 2010… Has one daughter, Indie…Hobbies include skateboarding, mountain biking and rock climbing… Credits his family and Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale, founders of Adaptive Action Sports, as the most influential individuals in his career…Named U.S. amputee skateboarder, Jon Comer as his idol…Was named USOC Athlete of the Month for March 2014