Brenna Huckaby returns to the 2019-20 U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding National Team after injury forced her to miss most of the season.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Highlighted by five Paralympic medalists, U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding today announced eight athletes to the 2019-20 national team. Brenna Huckaby (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Mike Schultz (St. Cloud, Minnesota) and Noah Elliott (St. Charles, Missouri) headline the roster as gold medalists from the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
“We’re really excited to return such a strong core of both proven and promising athletes heading into next season,” said Kevin Jardine, director of U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding. “Zach Miller is one of the youngest members of our national team and has already won medals on the world cup and world championship levels this year. As he continues to learn alongside more experienced athletes on the roster, he represents the future of the program and the athletes we hope to see on the podium in Beijing 2022.”
Miller (Denver, Colorado) makes his debut on the national team after a breakout 2018-19 season, winning eight world cup medals and bronze in the men’s snowboardcross LL2 event at the 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships last March in Pyha, Finland. The 20-year-old also won an unofficial bronze medal in the first-ever snowboardcross team test event with teammate Elliott.
Also appearing on their first national teams are Garrett Geros (Cartersville, Georgia) and Joe Pleban (Fredericksburg, Virginia), both of whom had top-10 finishes in their world championship debuts in 2019. U.S. athletes took home six medals from the world championships in Pyha with Keith Gabel (Ogden, Utah), Elliott and Schultz winning the first world titles of their careers.
Snowboarders will begin the world cup season on Nov. 6, 2019 in Dubai and cap off the year at the world cup finals in Are/Ostersund, Sweden from March 30-April 6, 2020.
2019-20 U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding National Team*Denotes U.S. Paralympic medalist
|*Brittani Coury||Durango, Colo.||LL2|
|*Noah Elliott||St. Charles, Mo.||LL1|
|*Keith Gabel||Ogden, Utah||LL2|
|Garrett Geros||Cartersville, Ga.||LL2|
|*Brenna Huckaby||Baton Rouge, La.||LL1|
|Zach Miller||Denver, Colo.||LL2|
|Joe Pleban||Fredericksburg, Va.||LL2|
|*Mike Schultz||St. Cloud, Minn.||LL1|