Amy Purdy with her snowboard. (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
Snowboarding takes athletes to some of the most beautiful places on earth. it’s no wonder that a few U.S. Para snowboarders posted something in honor of Earth Day on April 22, whether that was a mountaintop, an ocean, or somewhere in between. For Amy Purdy, it was both the ocean and the mountains:
“I can’t wait to swim in the ocean and hike through the trees like this again!”
ForEvan Strong, it was the giant redwoods of Northern California.
“It’s all just perspective! We need to treat like Earth day,” Strong said.“Get outside, have fun and take care of our planet.”
And for Keith Gabel, it was the snowy peaks he’s seen as a snowboarder but so much more.
“No matter where I am, if I’m in nature, I’m at home,” Gabel wrote.“Mother Nature is pretty neat so take care of our planet, she’s the best one we’ve got!”
Spring is definitely here for the members of Team USA. While summer sports are just ramping up to prepare for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it’s the end of the season for U.S. Para snowboarders. Brenna Huckaby and family got in one more trip to the slopes even as brown grass creeped in across Sugarloaf Mountain. For Huckaby, that brown grass comes with a silver lining:
“While I’m sad to say goodbye to the snow I’m so freaking ready to get on my mountain bike!”
By now everyone knows about Brittani Coury’s work as a nurse alongside her snowboarding career. Turns out Coury’s nursing knowledge also comes in handy with patients of the four-legged variety, as she was able to help out some animals on her sister’s farm.
Whenever Noah Elliott ever decides to hang up his board, he may have a future career in modeling.
In the News
Amy Purdy was featured by Inc. magazine, telling her life story and about the power of perspective.
“You find that you're not only much more capable than you ever realized but there's a lot to live for,” Purdy said.“You know your happiness is not in these physical things. I think your happiness is in the things that you do and in the act of problem solving and figuring out a way. I think that really became my mission.”
Her full interview is available as part of the podcast “Behind the Brand with Bryan Elliott.”
U.S. Para snowboarders and the all the other athletes at the 2022 Para Snow Sports World Championships will all be thinking only of the color gold, but the color green will be a big part of the event as well. Taking place in January, the world championships will be the largest sporting event in Norway to achieve “Green Event” status by a European Union certifier. Some of the green initiatives in place at the world championships include hydrogen- and electric-powered snow groomers and transport trucks.