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ICYMI: Para Snowboarding News And Social Media Roundup For The Week Of October 26

By Todd Kortemeier | Oct. 28, 2020, 5 p.m. (ET)

Brittani Coury competes during the Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 during day seven of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games on March 16, 2018.


Here’s a look at what’s been going on in the world of U.S. Para snowboarding for the last two weeks in the news and on social media…

Social Media Roundup

Brittani Coury was recently featured on USParaSnowboarding.org for the work she has been doing as a nurse while also training for the Paralympic Games. Alongside all that, Coury was also a nursing student, and she shared the exciting news on Oct. 19 that she completed the last assignment for her bachelor’s degree.



In the last roundup, two-time Paralympic gold medalist Brenna Huckaby was in the middle of a move with her family to Maine that was already packed with drama just hours into it. But the family has since thankfully made it to Maine and along the way made stops in Chicago and Niagara Falls. Despite the challenges, Huckaby reflected on the move in a subsequent post along with her and husband Tristan Clegg on a rocky Portland beach.

“We move a lot,” Huckaby wrote. “We try new things. We never fail because we learn what we like and who we are in the process. We challenge ourselves, our wants, and our dreams.”


Paralympic gold medalist Mike Minor announced that he has a new gig as terrain park supervisor for Elk Mountain Ski Area in his native Pennsylvania. “I will be designing/ building their parks for this season in between my training for the games,” Minor wrote.


Snowboarders are always excited to share videos of themselves pulling off awesome moves. Joe Pleban was good enough to show off one of the lowlights from the snowboard team’s training camp in Austria, letting his board get out from under him and dropping into a forward cartwheel.

“When you see a shiny nickel in the snow and have to snag it,” his caption summarized.


People may think of a prosthetic as just one thing that an athlete has, but as Amy Purdy demonstrated on Instagram on Oct. 23, there are many different types that a person may have. Purdy showed prosthetic feet designed for walking, swimming and running. Purdy said that she of course has ones for snowboarding as well, a sport in which she is a three-time Paralympic medalist. Purdy no doubt has some she’d pick out to dance in, too, having made it to the finals on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.


Now that he’s retired, Paralympic medalist Mike Shea has plenty of time to kick back with his daughter and enjoy some baseball, and being a Los Angeles native, that means Dodger baseball. Shea posted a photo on Oct. 18 of he and his daughter decked out in Dodgers gear after the team advanced to the World Series.


In The News

Pleban shared his experience with USParaSnowboarding.org of training camp in Austria, including meeting a Speedoed cardboard cutout sharing his same name atop a mountain. The camp was the first time on the slopes for snowboarders in months. But as Keith Gabel shared, the team was forced to cut the camp short and head home on Oct. 24 due to changing COVID-19 protocols. … It is hard to believe since the Paralympic Games have yet to be held, but Oct. 20 marked 500 days until the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Some of the venues, including the snowboarding park, are already taking shape, as shown in a video from the International Paralympic Committee. The Games are scheduled to kick off March 4, 2022.


Todd Kortemeier

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to USParaSnowboarding.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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