Mike Schultz celebrates after competing in the men's snowboardcross SB-LL1 big final at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on March 7, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
Mike Schultz wears many hats. He’s a Paralympic gold medalist in snowboarding, an X Games adaptive snowboarding and motocross medalist, successful entrepreneur, horseman, public speaker and now published author.
While he juggles those aspects of his busy life, he also plays his most important role of all — that of dad to 8-year-old daughter Lauren.
“It’s complicated,” Schultz said. “It’s awesome.”
The biggest challenge, said Schultz, is budgeting his time daily.
“I’m a family man, obviously,” said Schultz, who is married to Sara Schultz. “I have my business, BioDapt. And then we have our training and competition schedule. In order to be very proficient at each one of them, it definitely takes a lot of consideration with my time management.
“I’m far from perfect at it, but I start every day or every week with a game plan of the time I’m going to spend towards each one and compartmentalize each one of them, so I’m focused on each one individually. It’s so easy to get distracted.”
Schultz, who owns two silver medals in addition to his Paralympic gold, founded BioDapt in 2010 to produce high-performance prosthetics for athletes. At the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, 26 athletes from 11 countries used his equipment. His typical day begins with four hours in his office and workshop.
“I try every day to stick to my program, knowing that it’s going to take a left turn here and there,” said Schultz, who also owns six horses and co-wrote his memoir “Driven to Ride” that was published earlier this year. “You’ve just got to pivot. I have a checklist that I start off every day.
“I love the feeling of checking boxes when I accomplish a task. Realistically, by the end of the day, I’ve got far more new boxes than the ones I have checked.”
As Schultz prepared for Beijing, where he earned a silver medal in snowboardcross, he trained in his home gym in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Lauren often joined him.