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HUCKABY Brenna
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age22
Place of BirthBaton Rouge, LA, USA
Height1.75 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Tristan Clegg, daughter Lilah [2016]
Residence
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para snowboarding in 2013. Prior to the amputation of her leg she was a gymnast.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport on a rehabilitation ski trip to Park City, UT, United States of America, which was organised by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. "I had never seen a big mountain with snow on it, or a ski resort before my amputation. I pretty much jumped into snowboarding like I did with gymnastics. I fell in love with it. I guess the spark I have for it made me such a better rider."
Club / Team
National Ability Center [USA] / Team Utah Snowboarding [USA]:
Name of coach
Lane Clegg [personal]
General Interest
Nicknames
Bren (Instagram profile, 14 Sep 2017)
Hobbies
Snowboarding with family. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in snowboard cross at the 2017 World Championships in Kelowna, BC, Canada. (paralympic.org, 04 Feb 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (theadvocate.com, 13 Aug 2017)
Hero / Idol
US snowboarder Kelly Clark. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Injuries
She has suffered a broken hip during her career. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." [Billie Jean King] (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Americas Athlete of the Month for February 2018. (paralympic.org, 05 Mar 2018)

She received the 2017 Adaptive Athlete of the Year award from the US Ski and Snowboard Association [USSA]. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (discovernac.org, 03 Feb 2016)
Impairment
In November 2010 her right leg was amputated above the knee due to osteosarcoma [bone cancer]. She completed nine months of chemotherapy to ensure the tumour was gone once her leg had been amputated. (steamboattoday.com, 04 Sep 2016, 23 Feb 2014)
Other information
BODY POSITIVE
She posed in 'Sports Illustrated' magazine's swimsuit edition in 2018. "It was all about body positivity and showing the world how confident and how empowered I am, and that I can be strong and I can be beautiful, and I can be powerful in snowboarding, or as a mother, or in a swimsuit on the beach for everybody to see. Regardless of what you're going through, who you are, or what your body's like, you're a force, you're awesome, you're a boss. I wanted to show anybody out there who's dealing with something that they can overcome it and I wanted to be that role model for women with disabilities." (pyeongchang2018.com, 08 Mar 2018)

MATERNITY LEAVE
In early 2016 she took a break from the sport so that she could give birth to her daughter Lilah. She returned to training in August that year. (theadvocate.com, 13 Aug 2017; paralympic.org, 06 Feb 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
2 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:42.63
1 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:16.62
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 56.17
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:14.49
1 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:24.45