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ICYMI: Para Snowboarding News And Social Media Roundup For April 6

By Todd Kortemeier | April 06, 2021, 12:06 p.m. (ET)

Brenna Huckaby competes in PyeongChang. (Photo: Mark Reis)

Every other 
week we scour the web for the latest goings on in the world of U.S. Para snowboarding. Here’s what you missed!

Social Media Roundup


The Para snowboarding world mourned the passing of three-time Paralympic medalist Bibian Mentel-Spee on Mar. 29. Several members past and present of Team USA offered their own tributes to the legend of the sport, including Keith GabelMike Minor and Mike Shea

Today the world lost one of the greatest humans to ever walk this earth and gained an angel,” Gabel said.I’m at a loss for words as I cannot express how deeply saddened I am for the loss of such a dear friend.

This woman endured more in her life then anyone could even imagine,” said Shea.For most of her adult life she stared death in the face as she faced and beat cancer 9 times. Yet her inner health battles never effected her ability to see the world and life as a gift.

Mentel-Spee and Amy Purdy were also close friends, and Mentel-Spee was a guest on her podcast back on Mar. 15. By that time, Mentel-Spee knew that she only had weeks to live. Purdy was recently faced with another round of surgery and her thoughts turned to her friend.

Also, as I headed into surgery today all I could think about was Bibian, she was the most badass human I’ve ever known and so I asked myself,‘What would Bibian do? And I instantly knew the answer. She would turn her fear to fuel and tackle the challenge head on. So that’s what I did!




Brittani Coury revealed that she’s been working on a book for some time now, and talked about the hard work it’s taken to relive the difficult moments in her life, even alongside her successes. 

I’ve realized life is HARD, but I’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who’ve stepped in and made me realize my worth and potential,” Coury wrote. “You all know who you are, and there aren’t enough words for me to express my gratitude. If you’re struggling, know you are worthy of love, happiness, acceptance, and a great life. Life’s greatest struggles are what shape us into the people we become.


Brenna Huckaby started her “Gold Medal Goals” podcast back on Mar. 25, and it is dedicated to helping people unlock their hidden potential, even if that doesn’t include winning Paralympic gold medals.

How you show up to everything mentally is the difference between those who do and those who don’t,” Huckaby said.I’m here to share all of my tips, hacks, tools, and lessons that help me show up at 1000% in everything I do. The world is waiting for you to show up, let’s do it together.

Links to episodes of “Gold Medal Goals” are available through Huckaby’s Instagram bio.




Zach Miller and Joe Pleban both checked in from the world cup in Italy, with Miller enjoying the sights and Pleban having a humorous encounter at his hotel.


Everybody’s minds are on the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, now just over 300 days away, but the IPC revealed the emblem for the next Winter Games. The emblem for the Games in Milan and Cortina, Italy, in 2026 is named “Futura” and contains a stylized 26 made from a single stroke.

Todd Kortemeier

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