Name: Mike Shea
Sport: Snowboarding
Event(s): Snowboard-cross, Banked Slalom
Classification: SB-LL2
Height: 5-8
Weight: 150
DOB: 5/31/1983
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Calif.
Hometown: Castaic, Calif.
High School: Valencia High School (Valencia, Calif.) ‘02
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2014, 2018); One-time medalist (1 silver)
  • PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, 4th (banked slalom), 5th (snowboard-cross)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, silver (snowboard-cross)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – bronze (snowboard-cross), 7th (banked slalom)
  • Years of Participation: 2012, 2015, 2017
  • Medals: 3 (1 gold, 2 bronze)
  • Gold: 2015 (banked slalom)
  • Bronze: 2017 (snowboard-cross); 2012 (snowboard-cross)
Personal: Shea grew up passionate about snowboarding and couldn’t get enough of it. But in September of 2002, he was involved in a boating accident. While wakeboarding with friends, the ski rope wrapped around his ankle and resulted in the instant amputation of his left leg. After his accident, he became an avid woodworker making custom furniture in the garage of his California home, but in 2010 he packed his woodworking shop and sold his tools and moved to Winter Park, Colorado. Since his move, Shea has become one of the top para snowboarders in the world and has won several international accolades. In 2014, he competed in his first Paralympic Games for Team, bringing home silver. He attributes his snowboarding success to his for basic principles: P.A.C.E which stands for Progression, Attitude, Commitment, and Enjoyment...Son of Michael and Cynthia Shea...Has one brother, Jason...Married to Jaimie Mickalson...Has two stepchildren, Camden and Rider...Hobbies include woodworking, cooking, hiking, fitness, baseball, golf, videography, traveling and fashion...Collects antique woodworking tools...Takes pride in his extensive shoe collection...Loves to listen to hip-hop music...Despite being a snowboarder, some of his biggest fears are flying, heights, chairlifts and elevators...Self-described outgoing introvert...Was named USOC Athlete of the Month in January 2014...Father was a famous child actor and starred in many movies.