Brenna Huckaby crosses the finish line during competition at the Beijing Paralympic Games. (Photo: Mark Reis)
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U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding Wraps Season With Nationals
There were some familiar faces on the podium once again as much of the 2022 Paralympic Team concluded their 2021-22 season with national championships at Copper Mountain.
Paralympians Mike Schultz, Brenna Huckaby, Garrett Geros and Zach Miller were among those competing last week.
Adjusting After Beijing
The Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 are over, which means a return to a more normal life for the athletes. That includes reestablishing routines and trying new things.
Following her two medals in Beijing, Brenna Huckaby is spending a lot of her downtime in the kitchen.
“I’ve been having fun trying new recipes and recreating old ones!” the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native wrote on Instagram. “My Cajun heart is happiest in the kitchen and I’m happy to be back in here.”
Fellow Paralympian Zach Miller was living it up thanks to a sponsor in Palm Beach, Florida.
“Had such an awesome time with the @ralphlauren crew in Palm Beach,” Miller posted on Instagram. “They treated me like a king and made me look like one too.”
Meanwhile, Mike Minor also spent time around the Atlantic Ocean, though his trip was all about fishing.
“Killed it the other day fishing for banded rudder fish in the Atlantic,” wrote the two-time Paralympian and two-time Paralympic medalist. “We got a semi private charter & caught the boats limit, got to see bull sharks and some dolphins as well as an awesome sunrise.”
Schultz Booking It In New York
Mike Schultz had little time for rest. The two-time Paralympian and three-time Paralympic medalist took to Buffalo, New York, for a reading and signing of his new book “Driven to Ride”.
“We enjoyed sharing my #DrivenToRidebook with your audience,” Schultz wrote. “It was a lot of fun having my team there sharing excerpts and a Q&A session.”
A Life-Saving Tribute
Newly crowned Paralympic medalist Garrett Geros took a moment to say thank you to the doctors, nurses and others who saved his life following an auto crash at age 16.
Geros’ left leg was amputated, and his right leg is supported by pins and a titanium rod. At his first Paralympic Games last month in Beijing, he captured a silver medal in the snowboardcross competition.
Adaptive Action Sports has been producing a YouTube series called “Beyond Limits”, showcasing different athletes. AAS recently posted on Instagram that the entire series is now available for viewing.
The six-part series explores the origin story of AAS — founded by three-time Paralympian Amy Purdy and her husband, Daniel Gale — as well as highlight Garrett Geros and Zach Miller as they compete in their first Paralympics, and much more.
Para Snow Sports Could Come Under FIS Governance
The International Ski Federation and the International Paralympic Committee have been in talks about Para alpine skiing, Para Nordic skiing and Para snowboarding being brought under the FIS umbrella. Discussions for the change first began at the Beijing Paralympics.
“It was a big step for both FIS and the IPC to hold these important discussions,” FIS President Johan Eliasch told Planetski.eu. “Many of our National Ski Associations already have the Para Snow sports under their umbrella and it is the clear next step to bring the governance of these sports under the FIS umbrella.”
Discussions remain ongoing as additional steps are being planned.
Triple Amputee Receives Surprise From Snowboarding Legend
Zach Sherman, a triple amputee from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has always been a fan of five-time Olympic snowboarding legend Shaun White. But he never expected to actually meet his hero until recently.
While promoting his new lifestyle brand Whitespace at Woodward in Park City, Utah, White paid a visit to Sherman. Together with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, White presented the amputee with a grant for coaching, travel and training expenses, allowing him to pursue his dream of becoming a competitive adaptive snowboarder. The two even did a snowboard session, with White assisting Sherman on the chairlift.
“I thought I was just going to train with my coach at Woodward in Park City,” Sherman told Snowbrains.com. “When I was waiting at the chairlift, a snowboarder wearing all black walked up to me, lifted his goggles, and said, ‘Hey dude, I’m Shaun, wanna go take some laps?’”