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By Paul D. Bowker | Feb. 22, 2023, 11:49 a.m. (ET)

Evan Strong competes in snowboardcross in Cortina. (Photo: FIS)

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!


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U.S. snowboarders racked up four podium finishes at a world cup stop in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in early February. Cortina will be host to the Paralympic Games in 2026.

In the two days of snowboardcross races, the U.S. picked up four medals, including two from Keith Gabel.  


Gabel, a two-time Paralympic medalist, was “stoked” after picking up a gold and silver in Cortina.


“Super stoked to round out the second day in second place,” Gabel wrote on Instagram. “The conditions changed a little bit and course was a faster today which made us change up the tactics a bit. Huge congrats to my boys @bentudhope and @themountainmiller super stoked to have some fast heats with you fellas.”

And here’s more on the competition at Cortina, which was host to a Para snowboarding world cup for the first time. Snowboarders from 15 nations participated.


Strong Snowboardcross Podium

Evan Strong’s daughter happily joined him on the world cup podium for a shoulder ride in Grasgehren, Germany on Feb. 18.


“Nice riding and racing everyone, I look forward to racing in World Cup finals in Italy next week,” Strong posted on Instagram. “Isla is ready to be on the podium again.”

Strong, a three-time Paralympian, won a bronze medal in snowboardcross at Grasgehren.


Joining Strong on the podium was U.S. teammate Zach Miller, who finished 0.38 seconds ahead of Strong to win silver. While he was happy to have a podium finish, Miller shared a video on Instagram of Austria’s Ben Tudhope passing him on the inside of a turn to help Tudhope win gold.


“In all seriousness, that was an impressive move, and I’m happy I still get to claim an SBX podium here in Germany,” Miller wrote. “Proud of all the boys who were in this final, today was another great day of racing!”

Sweet Valentines

Three-time Paralympic medalist Mike Schultz celebrated his wife, Sara, and daughter, Lauren, on Valentine’s Day.


“Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful girls,” Schultz posted on Instagram.


Two-time Paralympic medalist Mike Minor hit social media with a Valentine’s video tribute to Barcelona.


“Big love to all the old homies & and all the new ones too can’t wait to get back too many people to tag and thank. Big love you are all a vibe.”



A Valentine from USParaSnowboarding.org.

Washington Trip

Two-time Paralympian Brittani Coury was on the scenic road to Washington state for another travel nursing assignment.


“I made it to Washington yesterday!” she posted on Instagram. “I’ve driven 2,127 miles in one week.”

Here’s a look at the Winnebago she took to the Evergreen State, including her long route to get there.

Paul D. Bowker

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic 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.