Chat with snowboarder Mike Shea

By U.S. Paralympics | Oct. 27, 2014, 12 p.m. (ET)
Mike Shea
Mike Shea won a silver medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Mike Shea
Shea competed in the first-ever snowboarding competition at the Paralympic Games.

Have you ever wanted to ask a Paralympian a question? On Oct. 29 from 7-8 p.m. ET, 2014 Paralympic silver medalist in snowboarding Mike Shea is taking questions on the Amputee Coalition of America Facebook page as a part of the U.S. Paralympics “Ask the Athlete” series.

Questions can also be submitted in advance by clicking here.

While wakeboarding with friends in September 2002, the rope wrapped around Shea’s ankle and resulted in the amputation of his left leg. After Shea’s accident, he became an avid woodworker making custom furniture in the garage of his California home, but a passion for snowboarding loomed.

In 2010, he packed his woodworking shop and sold his tools in order to fund his move to Winter Park, Colorado. At the time, snowboarding was not a part of the Paralympic Winter Games program, but Shea pushed forward anyway. The sport was added to the 2014 program in 2012.

Since moving to to Colorado, Shea has become one of the top adaptive snowboarders in the world, winning the first ever overall title for the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Cup circuit in 2014. 

He won the silver medal when men’s standing snowboard cross debuted at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, helping Team USA to a historic medal sweep in the event. Teammates Evan Strong and Keith Gabel won gold and bronze, respectively. 

Shea. earned a nomination for the “Best Male Athlete with a Disability” award at the 2014 ESPYs. The Team USA sweep of the snowboard podium was also nominated for "Best Moment of the Paralympic Winter Games" at the 2014 Best of US Awards. 

Shea, who was an athlete ambassador for Ralph Lauren leading into Sochi 2014, spent the early part of October 2014 training in Austria for the upcoming season, where he looks to become the world’s No. 1 snowboarder.

He currently lives at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but will relocate to the mountains for the season.