Shea, Shultz continue winning streak in Big White world cup

By Mary Kate Lau | Jan. 19, 2015, 10:50 p.m. (ET)


Paralympic bronze-medalist Keith Gabel finished third in the banked slalom competition.

KELOWNA, B.C. -  Mike Shea and Mike Schultz extended their winning streaks to lead Team USA to  seven podium finishes at at the IPC Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Cup at the Big White Ski Resort.

Team USA saw five podium finishes on Saturday in head-to-head snowboard cross competition. In his first season of competition,  Schultz (Saint Cloud, Minnesota) won first in the men's SB-LL1, and Paralympic silver-medalist Mike Shea (Castaic, California) also took the top spot in men's SB-LL2. Schultz and Shea stay remain undefeated in this event since its debut in Aspen, Colorado earlier this month.

Heidi Jo Duce (Ouray, Colo.) finished second in women's SB-LL2 race for her second medal in the event.

"Racing side by side is the best thing to happen to our sport,” Duce said. “When you are in the gate with someone you really find a new level and push yourself more than you ever thought you could."

Nicole Roundy (Bountiful, Utah) finished second, also her second medal in head-to-head competition, and Megan Harmon (Huntsville, Alabama) was third in the women's SB-LL1.

Races concluded on Monday with the banked slalom race and more medals for Team USA despite rough weather conditions. Roundy placed second in women’s SB-LL1 and Paralympic bronze-medalist Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah) finished third in men’s SB-LL2.

“I am stoked,” Gabel said after his podium finish. “The course was gnarly, I had to hold on for dear life.”

Full results are available at http://www.paralympic.org/snowboard/calendar.

The 2015 IPC Para-Snowboard World Championships will be in La Molina, Spain, from February 23-28.