Team USA Produces Big Results At IPC Snowboarding World Cup Big White

By Joe Clarke | Feb. 14, 2016, 8:09 p.m. (ET)


Mike Shea crosses the finish line first to take gold by a narrow margin in the men's snowboard-cross SB-LL2, topping teammate Keith Gabel.

BIG WHITE, British Columbia -- The podium was a popular spot for U.S. Paralympic snowboarders this weekend in British Columbia as Team USA recorded fourteen medals at the IPC Snowboarding World Cup Big White. Mike Schultz (Saint Cloud, Minnesota), Mike Shea (Castaic, California), Nicole Roundy (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Heidi Jo Duce (Ouray, Colorado) each had multi-medal performances.

The IPC Snowboarding World Cup held its footing in North America for the second weekend in a row as athletes made the trek from Aspen, Colorado to Big White, British Columbia for four days of action that began on February 10.

Shea and Mike Minor (Leadville, Colorado) were the lone Americans to earn gold with Shea taking first in the men’s snowboard-cross SB-LL2 and Minor winning the men’s banked slalom SB-UL.

“Nothing like a photo finish against your best bud in the big final!” Shea wrote on Instagram. “Three position changes and a drag race through the finish to end the SBX World Cups here in Big White, Canada. Congrats to my dude Keith Gabel for the silver. You earned it today and gave me one hell of a race. I’m still buzzing off the adrenaline rush!”

Shea finished with a time of 1:03.32 as fellow American Gabel solidified silver at 1:05.18. Shea filled another podium position in snowboard-cross SB-LL2 with a bronze and took silver in the banked slalom SB-LL2. Evan Strong also shined for Team USA in the men’s snowboard-cross SB-LL2, producing a silver.

Minor topped 11 competitors in the men’s banked slalom SB-UL to capture gold. The result was a photo finish to say the least as Minor came in at a time of 1:03.12, narrowly defeating silver medalist Patrick Mayrhofer of Austria who finished with a time of 1:03.44.

Schultz closed out the men’s side with three bronze-medal efforts. The Minnesota native took two in the men’s snowboard-cross SB-LL1, with the other coming in the men’s banked slalom SB-LL1.

Roundy produced the most hardware for the U.S. women, manufacturing two silvers and a bronze. She held-off U.S. teammate Megan Harmon for the bronze in the first rendition of the women’s snowboard-cross SB-LL1 as Michelle Salt of Canada finished second behind Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games silver medalist Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon of France.

“Some days don't go how you plan, so you go to bed and try again the next day.” Roundy said on Instagram. “I'm super proud of @parashredder (Michelle Salt) for taking silver today in the #WorldCup.”

Roundy moved up a spot on the podium in the second go-round of women’s snowboard-cross SB-LL1 by crafting her first silver at Big White after falling to Hernandez-Cervellon in the big final. She completed her weekend with her another silver, finishing behind Hernandez-Cervellon in the women’s banked slalom SB-LL1.

Duce compiled two bronze medals, each coming in the women’s snowboard-cross SB-LL2.

The IPC Snowboarding World Cup halts competition until March 5 when riders head to La Molina, Spain.

For more information, visit USParalympics.org.