Name: Keith Gabel
Sport: Snowboarding
Event(s): Snowboard-cross, Banked Slalom
Classification: SB-LL2
Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
DOB: 7/20/1984
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
High School: Ben Lomond High Sschool (Ogden, Utah) ‘04
Team/Club: Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2014, 2018); Two-time medalist (1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, silver (snowboard-cross)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (snowboard-cross)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – 10th (snowboard-cross, banked slalom)
  • Years of Participation: 2012, 2015, 2017
  • Top Finish: 4th – 2015 (banked slalom)
Personal: Gabel was introduced to snowboarding in 2000, and he quickly developed a love for the sport. In June 2005, Gabel was involved in an industrial accident that crushed his left foot. Following four blood transfusions, 26 hyperbaric treatments and a blood clot in his left lung, the doctors told Gabel that he would most likely watch his foot die. After two weeks, he made the decision to amputate his foot. Gabel returned to his snowboard three months later. But it wasn’t until the 2010-11 season, his sixth season riding with an amputation, that he found out about competitive para snowboarding and began training with the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. He progressed quickly through the international ranks, earning a spot on the 2014 Paralympic Team heading to Sochi, where he won a bronze medal in the sport’s Paralympic debut...Son of J. Keith Gabel and Theresa Martin...Has four siblings: Shanda, Brittany, Branden and Maranda...Married to Heather Short...Hobbies include hiking, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, cliff diving, camping, playing and writing music and hanging out with his dog...Passionate about cooking and baking...Hidden talents include juggling and mimicking various animal sounds...Self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie...Was a drummer in his high school bagpipe corps...Enjoys being involved in humanitarian projects and philanthropy work...Credits his father and step-mother as the most influential individuals in his life...Named his uncle Jim as his idol.