Brenna Huckaby on the podium at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. (Photo: Getty Images)
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!
2022-23 National Team Roster for 2022-23 Season Announced
Three-time Paralympic gold medalist Brenna Huckaby and 2022 Paralympic silver medalists Mike Schultz and Garrett Geros were among 10 athletes named to the 2022-23 U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding National Team.
Huckaby, a two-time Paralympian and banked slalom champion at the last two Paralympic Winter Games, was the only female named to the team. She joined five rising female snowboarders at a recent development camp at Mount Hood, Oregon.
Others named to the team: dual banked slalom world champions Noah Elliott and Zach Miller; Paralympic medalists Evan Strong, Keith Gabel and Mike Minor; two-time Paralympian Tyler Burdick; and 2026 hopeful Joe Pleban.
For more on the national team, go here.
Huckaby posted on Instagram to talk about her journey toward becoming a successful and happy snowboarder.
Schultz, a three-time Paralympic medalist, is already celebrating the team.
Dream Come True
You might need a roadmap to keep up with traveling nurse and two-time Paralympian Brittani Coury.
Her adventurous summer has included a road trip from Tacoma, Washington, to Cortez, Colorado, in her new RV. That included multiple nursing night shifts, often on consecutive nights. There was a plane trip to Indianapolis as well.
“The better question is where haven’t I been lol,” she wrote on Instagram.
Here’s Coury with her RV, something she had been dreaming about since she was 8.
She’s also got you covered if you want to keep up with her travel log.
Five rising Para snowboarders, plus two-time Paralympian Brenna Huckaby, not only took to the snow at Mount Hood, Oregon, for a recent development camp, but they also figured their way out of an escape room adventure.
“They took the biggest challenge they could find there and conquered it,” U.S. Paralympics snowboard coach Mike Jennings said of the group’s visit to Cine Escapes in Gresham, Oregon.
In addition to Huckaby and 2022 Paralympian Katy Maddry, others attending the development camp were 2026 Paralympic hopefuls Jamie Blanek, Dennae Russell, Rebecca Johnston and Isabelle Hicks.
Read more about the camp here.
Blanek took a photo at the welcome sign to the Mount Hood National Forrest and used it as an opportunity to show that her life ambitions haven’t changed since her leg was amputated in 2021.
“I almost lost this life and you better believe that I’m going to live it to the fullest,” she wrote. “I’ll always be wild at heart, even with only one leg.”
Maddry posted multiple pictures from the mountain.
Another Lap Around The Sun
Three-time Paralympian Keith Gabel celebrated his 38th birthday last week.
How did he celebrate? On the mountain, of course.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than with the fam in the mountains sprinkled with epic downhilling,” he posted on Instagram.
Two-time Paralympian Noah Elliott has a message for November: #stokethevote
“As a member of the Outdoor State,” Elliott wrote in an Instagram post, “I pledge to vote in the November midterm elections. Pledging represents a commitment to protecting the people, places, and the lifestyle that I love.”
A Call Worth Waiting For
Two-time Paralympian Michael Spivey reached the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 with a surprise phone call and an invitation by World Para Snowboard and the International Olympic Committee.
“It basically knocked the hamster off the wheel,” Spivey says.
You can read about Spivey’s experience in Beijing and his plans for the future here.