Brenna Huckaby competes in PyeongChang. (Photo: Joe Kusumoto)
COLORADO SPRINGS – U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding today announced the seven athletes named to its 2021-2022 national team. Featuring five returning Paralympic medalists, the team brings a wealth of experience as it looks toward the World Para Snow Sports Championships in January 2022 and the Paralympic Games Beijing 2022 which run March 4-13, 2022.
Two-time Paralympic champion Brenna Huckaby (Salt Lake City, Utah), Paralympic gold medalists Noah Elliott (Steamboat Springs, Colorado), Mike Schultz (Saint Cloud, Minnesota) and Evan Strong (Nevada City, California), and two-time medalist Keith Gabel (Basalt, Colorado) all return to the slopes for Team USA this season. The five athletes combined for eight of the team’s 13 medals at PyeongChang 2018, and between them have accumulated 10 medals at the world championship level.
"We are very excited to once again put together one of the strongest Para snowboard teams in the world this 2021-2022 winter season,” Jessica Smith, associate director of U.S. Paralympics Para Snowboard Sport Operations, said. “A solid team of veteran leadership combined with new talent will pave the way for what we are confident will be a successful Paralympic year."
Zach Miller (Silverthorne, Colorado) and Joe Pleban (Fredericksburg, Virginia) round out the team and will look to make their first Paralympic roster. Pleban took home two bronze medals in the team’s lone World Cup competition last season in Colere, Italy.
The 2021-2022 Para snowboard World Cup season kicks off on Nov. 28 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. The tour will also feature stops in Pyha, Finland; Hochfuegen, Austria; Almasa, Sweden and Big White, Canada, with the penultimate event in Lillehammer, Norway for World Championships before the team heads to Beijing, China for the Paralympic Games.
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