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ICYMI: Para Snowboarding News And Social Media Roundup For March 3

By Todd Kortemeier | March 03, 2021, 6:59 p.m. (ET)

Brittani Coury on her way to a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Paralympics. 

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 has been keeping fans updated on her recovery from surgery, both through social media and her podcast, “Bouncing Forward.” Purdy announced on Instagram on Feb. 25 that she’d suffered a setback in her recovery that required yet another surgery, exactly two years to the day since the original injury that began this process. But Purdy is keeping a positive attitude and encouraging others to do the same.

“Yes, It’s hard to understand ‘why’ I’m having to go through this,” Purdy wrote. “However, what I know for sure is asking ‘why’ is a waste of precious energy. All we have is today & that’s where my focus is. Not on yesterday, not on the ‘what if’s’ of tomorrow. My focus is the here & now. That’s one of the silver linings of challenge.”

 

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It may not have been the Paralympic Games or even the world cup circuit, but Brenna Huckaby was thrilled just to get back in a starting gate for a race at a USASA regional event alongside able-bodied athletes. Huckaby talked about how she’s rededicated herself to snowboarding and loving the sport.

“I think it’s easy to get caught up in the anxieties of wanting to be the best, but reconnecting to the love of the task can really keep you grateful and grounded,” Huckaby wrote. “I am showing up for me this year which makes me unstoppable.”

Huckaby is also sporting a new look.

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Brittani Coury also enjoyed the opportunity to get back in a gate, an important part of her training as she works her way back from injury. Coury was training for 11 days in Lake Tahoe along with Team Utah Snowboarding.

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Teammates can make good jumping obstacles, as evidenced in a post from Zach Miller.

“Training is important,” Miller said. “But having good times with the people you care about is important too.”

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Like Huckaby, Joe Pleban also got to hit the slopes in a USASA event. “Felt great to back out on the snow and race head-to-head again,” he said.

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Evan Strong has featured his daughter Indie Arrow on his feed before, often on a snowboard, but perhaps there’s a Summer Games sport in her future instead.

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Anyone looking for a sneak peek at the snowboarding course for the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 can find one over on the World Para Snow Sports Instagram. … World Para Snow Sports also took a look back as part of their countdown to the Beijing Games. In recapping a brief history of the Paralympic Winter Games, snowboarding’s debut in 2014 was one of the milestones highlighted.

In the News

In one of the surest signs yet that the Winter Games are on their way, some athletes have already gotten on the same snow that Para snowboarders will use at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The Zhangjiakou zone, host of the Para snowboarding competition, held its first official snow sports competitions from Feb. 22 to 26. Two races and three training sessions were conducted at the venue, featuring only Chinese riders due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The IPC shared some photos from the events on their Instagram page. The successful events were part of a slate of 20 winter sports competitions held in the Olympic and Paralympic venues throughout February. The Opening Ceremony of the Games is scheduled for March 4, 2022.

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With the one year out mark to Beijing quickly approaching, TeamUSA.org took a sport-by-sport look at the program. The snowboarding events are unchanged from the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

 

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.