By U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation | Jan. 03, 2018, 5:02 p.m. (ET)


Paralympic gold medalist Evan Strong traveled an unconventional path to the snow.

While living in Hawaii, with its balmy temperatures and sunshine, he learned about snowboarding, a discovery that would change his life. Soon enough, at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, he led a Team USA podium sweep in snowboard-cross.

Watch the video above to hear Evan tell his story - and visit to help athletes like Evan realize their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.