Brenna Huckaby celebrates on the podium during the women's snowboardcross SB-LL2 medal ceremony during the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on March 7, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
ZHANGJIAKOU, China – Team USA athletes scored three podium finishes Monday to kick off the para snowboard competition at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
Brenna Huckaby scored the first podium finish of the day for Team USA, winning a bronze in the women’s snowboardcross SB-LL2. France’s Ceclie Hernandez won gold, and Canadian Lisa DeJong finished in second for silver. Americans Brittani Coury won the small final to place fifth, and Katyln Maddry finished 12th.
“I'm super stoked to walk away with bronze,” Huckaby said. “Two months ago, I didn't even think I was going to be at the games. And to walk away with the podium, I am so proud of myself.”
Huckaby, 26, came into the event as the defending gold medalist across the SB-LL1, but the classification was cut from the 2022 Winter Paralympic program leaving her without a path to the Games. Six weeks ago, a German court's interim injunction ruled her eligible to represent Team USA at the Winter Paralympics in the women's SB-LL2 classification, a higher classification.
“Brittani and I have been saying if I wasn't here how awful it would be [for me not to be here] because we both are each other's biggest supporters,” Huckaby said. “When she wins I win, and when I win she wins. Also it was awesome to see Katlyn out her ripping it and doing well. I'm just so proud of Team USA, and I cannot wait to see what the future brings for us.”