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Roundup: Para Snowboarding Families Keeps The Halloween Tradition Alive

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 02, 2022, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

Brenna Huckaby shows off her gold medal on the podium at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. (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!

 

Just Another Witching Night

Halloween is clearly a big night for Brenna Huckaby and her family.

 

This year, the family pulled off some fun word play by dressing up as witches.

 

“Happy Halloween from my family to yours,” Brenna Huckaby, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist, posted on Instagram. “Also Cheers to 9 years of family costumes. Enjoy!”



 

 

Over the past nine years, her family has rocked costumes inspired by “Silence of the Lambs,” “GLOW” and “Napoleon Dynamite.”

 

Meanwhile, up in Minnesota, Lauren Schultz, the daughter of four-time Paralympic medalist Mike Schultz, dressed up as a certain seven-time Olympic medalist.

 

“Happy Halloween from coach and gymnast. Lauren wanted to dress up as her favorite gymnast,” Mike Schultz posted on Instagram.

 

“Simone (Biles) would be proud!” was one of the responses.



Pumpkin Time

In the Gabel household, pumpkin carving was the activity of the day for Halloween.

 

Check out the musical video posted by three-time Paralympian Keith Gabel.

 



Ready For A New Season

Three-time Paralympian Evan Strong is ready for a new season.

 

Strong has won two Paralympic medals and finished fifth in the banked slalom at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.



Before the new season, though, Strong is spending time with his family. After returning home from a preseason training trip to Austria, he went to the skate park with his two daughters.

 

“I got home from Austria at 1 am, by 10 am we were at the skate park. So glad to be home with my girls,” he posted on Instagram.



Just A Few Bumps

Yes, the skate park can deliver a few bruises and wounds.

 

Mike Minor, a two-time Paralympian who also skateboards in the Dew Tour, has the proof.

 

“Just paying my respects to the Skate Gods,” he wrote.



Podcast Talking

Jamie Blanek, a Paralympic hopeful from Texas, went on a podcast to emotionally describe what happened to her the night that she lost her leg at the side of the road in Texas.

 

Blanek had her leg amputated and was one of a handful of snowboarders who participated this past summer in a U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding development camp at Mount Hood, Oregon.

 

She plans to make her international debut in snowboarding this winter.



Adaptive Journey For Izy

Izy Hicks, a native of Syracuse, New York, and a 20-year-old up-and-coming snowboarder who attended a U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding development camp this past summer, was integrated into adaptive sports at an early age. She met Keith Gabel, who is now a three-time Paralympic snowboarder, at age 12.

 

“Personally, people that I look up to for role models are everywhere,” she told USParaSnowboarding.org. “And I think I’ve been really lucky with that because my mom has always been trying to get me really involved in the disabled community. I met people in the skiing and snowboarding communities when I was around 10, 11 years old.”

 

Hicks won a Continental Cup snowboardcross event in 2019 and heads back into international action this winter. Read more about her journey here.

Paul D. Bowker

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to USParaSnowboarding.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.