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ICYMI: Para Snowboarding News And Social Media Roundup For September 14

By Todd Kortemeier | Sept. 15, 2021, 12:06 p.m. (ET)

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


There’s big news in the Pleban household as it’s about to grow by one more member. Joe and his wife Johnna announced on Aug. 19 that they’re expecting their first child — besides their golden retriever Grohl, of course. Pleban posted the exciting news on Instagram — receiving well wishes from fellow U.S. snowboarders Keith Gabel and Brenna Huckaby — saying:


“I have been a bit quiet on social media, it's because we've been keeping a bit of a secret: baby Pleban is due 2/22/22! Obviously, we can't say for sure that the baby will be born on that exact date, but it would be pretty cool!

“It is going to be a crazy winter season!!


Crazy winter season indeed, as Feb. 22 would land roughly a month after the close of the World Para Snow Sports Championships and less than two weeks before the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, should Pleban qualify. Beijing would be Pleban’s first Paralympic Games.




With the conclusion of the Tokyo Games comes the end of Brittani Coury’s volunteering stint helping support the athletes of Team USA. While Coury will next turn her attention to Beijing, she announced on Sept. 7 that she won’t be a part of the U.S. national team this season, but still plans to compete at the world championships and, hopefully, in Beijing.


“I’m not done being a part of @teamusa,” Coury said. “My favorite feeling in the world is putting on the red, white, and blue and doing my favorite thing in the world, snowboarding!”




Evan Strong demonstrated the strength and durability of the prosthetics manufactured by Mike Schultz’s company BioDapt, Inc. From jumping — simulating landings on a snowboardcross course — to lifting weights, the strength and durability of the devices is evident.




And speaking of Schultz, his new book, “Driven to Ride: The True Story of an Elite Athlete Who Rebuilt His Leg, His Life, and His Career” was made available for pre-order on Aug. 20. The book will have its full release on Jan. 18.


Schultz also celebrated birthday No. 40 on Aug. 27.




Zach Miller gave a birthday shoutout to Adaptive Action Sports Co-Founder and Mr. Amy Purdy Dan Gale, who has served as a mentor to Miller and numerous other young Para snowboarders.


“From co-founding @adaptiveactionsports, the most influential organization in my life and so many others, to sharing the love of skateboarding, motors, surfing, snowboarding and good vibes, this man/husband/father/brother/son/coach/mentor/director/friend is doing pretty good for 46!”


Purdy and Gale also celebrated their anniversary on Aug. 28.


“Over the years we have truly represented the idea of being by each other’s side through thick & thin and sickness & health and I wouldn’t want to do life any other way,” she wrote. “Life is such a beautiful, magical and sometimes heartbreaking journey and I’m grateful to have you by my side through all of it.”




Noah Elliott caught some of the Paralympic Games along with some friends and family of the athletes competing.




Periodic reminder, as of Sept. 4 and roughly the close of the Paralympic Games, the Beijing Winter Games are just six months away.


In the News


Keith Gabel was honored by the Colorado Snowsports Museum with its Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award for 2021. The award is one given each year by the museum as part of its Hall of Fame induction, which saw its first class inducted in 1977.


“Huge thank you to the @coloradosnowsportsmuseum for the nomination,” Gabel wrote on Instagram. “Congratulations to all the other recipients. What an honor it is to receive this award amongst so many great athletes.”




Mike Schultz was the guest in a brief Q&A with the daily newsletter Morning Brew, talking his new book, his company, and the events he looked forward to watching the most at the Olympic and Paralympic 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.