By the numbers: 2015 IPC Snowboard World Cup

By Brianna Tammaro | Nov. 17, 2015, 6:40 p.m. (ET)
Mike Shea (left), Evan Strong (center) and Keith Gabel (right) on the podium after sweeping the men's LL2 snowboard cross at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Cup in Aspen. The trio, known as the "Three Amigos", swept the medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and will compete together on Team USA for their third season on Thursday in Landgraaf, Netherlands.

Team USA will open the 2015-2016 Para-snowboarding world cup season on Thursday in Landgraaf, Netherlands. After a dominant performance at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain, the U.S. will aim to build on their success led by world champions Mike Shea (Castaic, California) and Brenna Huckaby (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).

Discover how Team USA stacks up stat by stat heading into Landgraaf:

 
  Brenna Huckaby

5422: Miles between Aspen, Colorado and Trentino, Italy, the greatest distance between two world cups Team USA will attend during the 2015-2016 world cup season. The U.S. will compete in six world cups between November and March.

9: Team USA comes off of winning a world championship-best nine medals, the most of any country, at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain. The team earned two gold, four silver and three bronze medals, led by first place finishes from Mike Shea in banked slalom and Brenna Huckaby in snowboard cross.

7: The number of returning national team athletes opening the world cup season in Landgraaf, Netherlands on Thursday. Five of the members took home hardware in La Molina: Mike Shea, Evan Strong, Heidi Jo Duce, Brenna Huckaby and Nicole Roundy.

5: U.S. states represented by Team USA in Landgraaf. Utah and California are each the hometown states of two national team athletes with Colorado, Louisiana and Minnesota also on the list.

3: Disciplines and classifications featured in Para-snowboarding. Men’s and women’s events include snowboard cross, banked slalom and giant slalom while classifications are broken down into three categories based on their functional ability – SB-LL1 and SB-LL1 for lower-limb impaired riders and SB-UL for upper-limb impaired athletes.

2: The number of years Brenna Huckaby has competed in adaptive snowboarding. The explosive newcomer made her mark in her first season with Team USA, taking the world title in the women’s LL1 snowboard cross in La Molina. She also added a silver medal to her collection in banked slalom.  

0.26: The amount of time that separated gold medalist Mike Shea and silver medalist Evan Strong in the men’s LL-2 banked slalom at February’s world championships. Shea and Strong will face each other again with teammate Keith Gabel on Thursday in the banked slalom and snowboard cross races. The trio, known for their historic podium sweep at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, nickname themselves the “Three Amigos”.