Keith Gabel tops the podium in Italy. (Photo: Frederico Gotti)
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
Amy Purdy experienced a major personal win on June 2 when she was able to get up and take a few steps after what has been an incredibly difficult year.
“After 10 surgeries and 2 amputations this year,” Purdy wrote,“look who’s on her own two feet again! It feels so good I can’t even explain! Every baby step forward is a win right now even though it will take some time for my leg to continue healing & feel comfortable again! I’m finally seeing the light at the end of this long dark tunnel I’ve been in!”
Purdy also teased a new project, a TV show she hosted in Miami that is due to come out next year.
They say to be successful you should copy the habits of successful people, so a Paralympic gold medalist and entrepreneur like Mike Schultz would be a good place to start. But it might not be easy to keep up. Schultz posted a video detailing his morning routine, which includes feeding the animals, making breakfast for his family, getting in a workout, then heading to work at his company, . That’s also while living in a town that has your name on its welcome sign. Schultz may be more productive by noon than most people are in a full day.
Just another day at the office for Brittani Coury.
Evan Strong is still riding high off of his groundbreaking debut in para skateboarding at the Dew Tour.
“This feeling never gets old,” he wrote.
Joe Pleban got out to enjoy some scenery, quite different than the sort of landscapes that Para snowboarders are used to.
They’re much more used to the kind of landscapes that Noah Elliott was spotted on June 3. It may be late-season slushy snow but Elliott made it look more than a little inviting.
Zach Miller was among many Team USA athletes to post in honor of Memorial Day on May 31.
“Memorial Day is a day that will always make me reflect back on just how much sacrifice has been made for me to be an American,” he said.“History is full of brave men and women who paid the absolute highest price, so that I may have the freedom and opportunity to do what I love. I get to represent my country and wear my flag on course, because others did it first on the battlefield. Thank you for fighting for the red, white, and blue.”
Keith Gabel also posted for Memorial Day, saying, “They served so I didn’t have to. May we never forget the fallen.”
Then in June, Gabel had some exciting news to share: He’s opening his own coffee shop. Opening June 14, Cocos will serve the Roaring Fork Valley near Snowmass, Colorado.
It’s never too late to learn something new about a two-time Paralympic gold medalist. Brenna Huckaby took some time to “reintroduce” herself on May 26. No. 6 — “You can find me doing activities that require large amounts of adrenaline.” — probably isn’t much of a surprise to anyone even a little bit familiar with Huckaby’s career.
In the News
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) will host a virtual gala on June 9 called “A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope.” The event will showcase examples of how sports can have a healing and transformative power within a community. On hand to share their stories will be challenged athletes such as 9-year-old Selah Gilbert, who has been able to snowboard in part thanks to a CAF grant. Amy Purdy has also worked with Selah on how to use her prosthetic.
CAF has raised more than $134 million since its founding in 1994 to help people with their physical challenges. CAF has distributed 35,000 grants across all 50 states and in at least 52 countries.