Mike Minor waves to a camera after finishing a run at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. (Photo: Mark Reis)
Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para Snowboarding. Here’s what you missed!
Minor Switches Sports
Two-time Paralympic medalist Mike Minor traded his snowboard for a skateboard to compete in the Dew Tour on July 29 and 30 in Des Moines, Iowa. The 32-year-old finished sixth in the men’s adaptive street finals despite falling during a run.
Minor fell of his board and collided with a rail during his second run. While the fall looked painful, Minor was able to complete his run and confirmed on his Instagram that he’s, “OK, just really sore.”
Huckaby Talks Mental Wellness
Brenna Huckaby, a two-time Paralympian who has won a gold medal in women’s banked slalom in the last two Paralympic Winter Games, talks proudly about maintaining mental health.
She recently was on a panel with Sophie Caldwell Hamilton, a two-time U.S. Olympian in cross-country skiing, to discuss mental awareness in women’s sports.
“The goal with mental wellness and health is to feel good,” Huckaby posted on her Instagram account. “We are all on different paths in life and some paths feel better than others.
“Take a second, please, to feel good, feel PROUD, feel OKAY for the strides you’ve made. It’s good to feel good. That’s the whole goal in healing!”
World of Disney For Schultz
Three-time Paralympic medalist Mike Schultz went to Disney World for a speaking engagement last week for Adaptative Spirit. It was more than just a business trip though, as his whole family was able to experience “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”
“What an experience!!” Schultz posted on Instagram. “I had the great opportunity of delivering a keynote at The Independent Show 2022 by NCTC yesterday at the Disney Yacht Club. The best part is,” Schultz added, “that my family and I get to spend some time at Disney World! You can’t beat exclusive after-hours access to Animal Kingdom and get to loop through one of the best rides ever, Avatar!!”
Mountain Biking Time For The Kids
Summertime is still mountain time for two-time Paralympian Noah Elliott.
Elliott took time out recently to head to Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park, Colorado, so his daughter could maneuver her racing bike on the course, which is located at Winter Park Resort.
Also heading for a bike park was three-time Paralympian Keith Gabel and his young son, JP.
The two visited Crown Mountain Bike Park in El Jebel, Colorado, and JP just might be getting ready for a career in freestyle biking.
Gabel’s summer months also included a stop in Denver for the Move United Junior National Games.
“I got to watch some awesome athletes accomplish amazing feats shattering record in track and field, as well as present an extremely deserving athlete with The Hartford Human Achievement Award,” Gabel posted on Instagram.
“Simply put this award does not focus on the athletic accolades but rather what type of sportsmanship this person displays on and off the field of play.”
Motorcycle And A Mustache
Zach Miller dreamed of a motorcycle as far back as his days in middle school.
Last year that dream came true, as he bought his first motorcycle. This year the 23-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, made his Paralympic Games snowboarding debut in Beijing.
“I promised myself that one day I would ride my own motorcycle with a mustache,” he told USParaSnowboarding.org. “While I’m still working on the mustache thing … it’s amazing to finally have a motorcycle and to be just enjoying it.”
Read more about Miller’s snowboarding and motorcycling here.