Mike Schultz 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
Spring and summer means time for some new pursuits from U.S. Para snowboarders, like Mike Schultz, who got to participate in his other love of racing on May 21 at Raceway in Little Falls, Minnesota.
“It was great to be out at the races with family and friends again,” Schultz said.“This marks the start of my 23rd year of racing moto! CRAZY.”
Keith Gabel got to hit the links, and even Paralympic medalists have their frustrations with the game of golf just like the rest of us. But there can be some virtue in that.
“This game always humbles me,” Gabel wrote.“It reminds me of two things: 1 - never take things too seriously and 2 - at any point you can be your own worst enemy or your best friend. What a beautiful day to smack some balls with some continue to learn life lessons.”
New season and a new hairstyle for Brittany Coury.
Of course, it’s not the offseason everywhere. Noah Elliott showed he was still in fine snowboarding form and squeezed through an impossibly tiny gap with some excellent body control. The “slow” caution is more of a suggestion.
World Para Snow Sports is sending out some very precious cargo very soon.
In the News
Some familiar names to U.S. Para snowboard fans swapped snow for the skate park May 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa, for the debut of adaptive skateboarding at the Dew Tour. Paralympic gold medalists Mike Minor and Evan Strong were among the athletes on the men’s side, while Kiana Clay competed on the women’s side. Full results are available here. Minor posted plenty of videos to his Instagram account of his prep for the event and was satisfied with how it went but was excited to keep improving.
“I didn’t have the best results today but @dewtourdinky & I had a blast out here in Des Moines, IA at the @mountaindew @dewtour,” Schultz wrote.“I left everything out on the course & I am thankful for the opportunity to show out for adaptive skateboarding. I had a blast shredding with these absolute rippers. Until next time Dew Tour.”
“I am so stoked on this past weekend at @dewtour in Des Moines, Iowa,” Clay said.“I had the privilege to compete in the first ever adaptive skateboarding competition! It was so rad to see athletes of all different types of disabilities come together and skate!”
Strong was featured by Forbes talking about his journey to both skateboarding and snowboarding and the role he’s played in increasing participating in adaptive skateboarding.
“We need lots of nations (to help grow adaptive skateboarding),” Strong said. “You’ve got to find someone who has a permanent physical disability that can then get access to a skateboard and a place to ride it, so things like this (Dew Tour) and seeing the numbers of competitors grow is huge, because without that, we’re not here.”
Read about the storyof 7-year-old Logan Pieper of Shakopee, Minnesota, and his receipt of a prosthetic leg from Mike Schultz’s Inc. through the Wiggle Your Toes non-profit organization.
Team USA sponsor Toyota made a recent pledge to assist Para athletes striving to make this summer’s Tokyo Games or the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The automaker will issue $5 million in stipends and sponsorships to help athletes fund equipment, travel, and anything else to further their Paralympic dreams.
World Para Snow Sports will hold its annual meetings virtually from June 11-16, discussing among other topics the world cup seasons as well as the upcoming world championships and next year’s Paralympic Winter Games.