COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during November earned Para snowboarders Mike Schultz (Saint Cloud, Minnesota) and Brenna Huckaby (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and the 5,000-meter men’s short track speedskating relay team Best of November honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Mike Schultz won his first gold medal of the season by upsetting the defending men’s LL2 world champion Chris Vos from the Netherlands in banked slalom with a time of 42.61 – the fastest time of the competition. He bested Vos in his third and final run by three-tenths of a second at the World Para Snowboard World Cup in Landgraaf, Netherlands. In the first day of competition, Schultz was edged by Vos in the event, earning the silver medal and adding to Team USA’s nine total medals at the competition.
Brenna Huckaby started the 2017-18 campaign with two gold-medal performances in the women’s LL1 class at the World Para Snowboard World Cup in Landgraaf, Netherlands. The defending world champion captured back-to-back wins in banked slalom races, defeating rival Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon of France by less than a half second on the first day of competition and by nearly two seconds on the second day of competition.
The 5,000-meter men’s relay team of Keith Carroll Jr. (Honey Brook, Pennsylvania), J.R. Celski (Federal Way, Washington), Thomas Hong (Laurel, Maryland) and John-Henry Krueger (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) broke the world record in the men’s 5,000-meter relay with a time of 6:29.052 at the world cup in Shanghai. A week later, the team earned the bronze medal at the world cup in Seoul. Their record-setting victory marked the first men’s 5,000m relay gold since 2013, and their back-to-back medals on the world cup circuit was the first time the team completed the feat since the 2013-14 season.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG.
About the Team USA Awards
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.