Brittani Coury during the Team USA send off for the Beijing Paralympic Games. (Photo: Joe Kusumoto)
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!
Coury Embraces Her Two Passions
Two-time Paralympian Brittani Coury is clearly passionate about snowboarding. She first turned to boarding as a 13-year-old. She’s also a hiker and a mountain biker. But her passion also goes deep into nursing and the medical profession since she is a nurse and an EMT.
In celebration of International Nurses Day on May 12, the Paralympic Games Twitter account posted a quote from Coury.
“I love being a nurse. It’s my other passion aside from snowboarding,” Coury said.
Turns out she’s pretty good at both. Couri won a silver medal in the banked slalom in the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games.
"I love being a nurse. It's my other passion aside from snowboarding".— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) May 12, 2022
Two-time Paralympian Brittani Coury is a Registered Nurse and Para Snowboard athlete. #InternationalNursesDay pic.twitter.com/KJVfIpzpnK
On The Road Again
The weather is beginning to get toasty out there, and it couldn’t come soon enough for three-time Paralympic medalist Amy Purdy, who is now retired from the sport and is a motivational speaker. Once the summer begins, Purdy is ready to ditch her winter gear and hit the road.
“Still waiting for warm weather over here!” Purdy tweeted May 10. “I can’t for summer road-trips! Literally, my favorite way to spend summer! What’s your plans this summer?”
Still waiting for warm weather over here! I can’t wait for summer road-trips! Literally, my favorite way to spend summer! What’s your plans this summer? #letsgoplaces @Toyota #teamtoyota pic.twitter.com/dC3kWHlWQK— Amy Purdy (@AmyPurdyGurl) May 10, 2022
A New Leg Up On The Board
Four-time Paralympic medalist Brenna Huckaby is excited about having a new prosthetic leg made, and she’s showing her Instagram followers how easy it is to take off and put on. While the prosthetic is not yet a finished product, Huckaby said it’s already significantly easier than putting on her old leg and called this new one “life changing.”
Huckaby won a gold medal in banked slalom and a bronze medal in snowboardcross in the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 while competing with her old prosthetic.
Monster Mike And Chief
“Monster” Mike Schultz, who won his third career Paralympic medal with a second-place finish in the snowboardcross in Beijing this year, is back on his ranch in Minnesota with his horses.
Among his horses is Chief, a one-eyed beauty.
“Meet Chief, my one eyed horse,” Schultz wrote. “We’re all adapting one way or another here on the Schultz Ranch. But we'll be just fine.”
Schultz is one of the most accomplished U.S. Para snowboarders in history. The Moto Knee manufactured by his company, BioDapt Inc., is used by adaptive athletes, amputees and soldiers.
Repping The Red, White And Blue
After winning a gold medal in his Paralympic debut in 2018 in PyeongChang, Noah Elliott competed in banked slalom and snowboardcross in the Beijing.
Now the Missouri native is enjoying his new Team USA windbreaker. … And you can too!
You can find this windbreaker and any other official Team USA apparel at the Team USA Shop.