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 day Keith Gabel has been waiting for finally came on June 14 when he opened up the doors to his new coffee shop. Coco’s is located in the Roaring Fork Valley near Snowmass, Colorado. As the Instagram post proves, you can’t beat the view.
Nine-year-old Selah from Aurora, Colorado, not only got surprised recently with her first prosthetic running blade, Amy Purdy was there to help deliver it. Purdy shared Selah’s story and how the blade will help her to run for the very first time. The blade was made by Rise out of Denver, which is where Purdy gets her own prosthetics.
Brittani Coury posted about her involvement with Evergreen Mountain Biking and Outdoors For All, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through outdoor recreation. One area the organization is focused on is ensuring access to mountain bike trails for people of different abilities.
“I had an amazing day biking with @outdoorsforall and @ehs_mountain_biking,” Coury said.“They are working on making mountain bike trails more accessible for adaptive riders. Thank you @outdoorsforall and @ehs_mountain_biking for being progressive and including diversity when building new bike trails and showcasing what we can do! Much love and thank you for including me in the ride/conversation.”
A few Para snowboarders got on boards of different types. There were skateboards for Noah Elliott and Evan Strong, with Strong providing a reverse POV of his ride. And it was a paddleboard for Joe Pleban.
“Skateboarding keeps you young & it’s fun,” Elliott said succinctly.
Like many athletes of Team USA, several snowboarders posted in honor of dads everywhere for Father’s Day, including Brenna Huckaby, Mike Schultz, Mike Shea and Amy Purdy. Purdy of course will always have a special tie to her father as he made a life-saving gift to her.
“Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers out there and to my amazing dad @stefpurdy,” Purdy wrote. “I love you so much Dad, you are my hero and you saved my life when you donated a kidney to me! No ‘Thank You’ does justice for the gift you have given me! The gift of health and life!”
In the News
The nominees are out for the 2021 ESPY Awards and Team USA’s Keith Gabel is nominated in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability category after winning two world cup gold medals in 2021. Gabel is nominated alongside a fellow Team USA Paralympian, swimmer Evan Austin, as well as adaptive surfer Jesse and triathlete Chris Nikic. Gabel is the fifth U.S. men’s snowboarder to be nominated in the category and would become the second winner after Mike Schultz won in 2018. Brenna Huckaby won the same year on the women’s side, and to date is the only one nominated. Gabel reacted to his nomination in an Instagram post.
“What a week! Finally got our coffee shop launched and then found out today that I’ve been nominated for an espy award,” Gabel wrote.“What an honor! If you have a minute or I would be so grateful if you could throw a vote my way.”
The ESPY Award ceremony airs July 10.
Noah Elliott was named to the 10-person advisory committee to attract the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games back to the Salt Lake City area for 2030 or 2034. A native of Missouri, Elliott moved to Park City, Utah, near Salt Lake to train at the National Ability Center. Elliott will serve on the committee alongside other winter sports athletes with ties to Utah including figure skater Nathan Chen, multisport athlete Oksana Masters and skier Lindsey Vonn. The committee has yet to decide whether to bid for 2030 or 2034, but there is no timeline for a decision on those Games yet from the International Olympic Committee.