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SCHULTZ Mike
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age37
Height1.78 m
Weight 84 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Sara, daughter Lauren
Residence
Saint Cloud, MN, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2009.
Why this sport?
He initially tried snowboard to test his prosthetic knee outside of motor sports. "Being able to go to the top of the mountain and just carve your way down and be dead tired by the time you get to the bottom is pretty amazing."
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Monster (monstermikeschultz.com, Jan 2014)
Hobbies
Motocross, snowmobiling, mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing, working in his shop. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in snowboard cross at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 12 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He shattered his right heel during his adaptive boardercross semifinal at the 2015 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. He underwent surgery and was unable to participate in high intensity activity for six months. (paralympic.org, 19 Oct 2015; denverpost.com, 23 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Only you choose your limitations." (Facebook profile, 05 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for the United States of America at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nbcolympics.com, 07 Mar 2018)

In 2010 he was inducted into the Athletes with Disabilities Network [ADN] Hall of Fame in United States of America. He also received the organisation's Roger McCarville Male Athlete of the Year award. (oandp.com, Nov 2010)
Other sports
Before his accident he was a professional snocross racer. He has won gold medals in adaptive motocross at the X Games and adaptive snocross at the Winter X Games. (ridefox.com, Jan 2014)
Impairment
In December 2008 he was competing in a snocross race when his snowmobile drifted sideways as he jumped over a mogul and landed on his left leg. He suffered a severe compound fracture to his knee, and after multiple operations the limb was amputated above the knee. (denverpost.com, 23 Jan 2015; ridefox.com, Jan 2014; monstermikeschultz.com, Jan 2014)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
In 2010 he founded BioDapt, a company producing high impact adaptive sports prosthetics. His products include the Moto Knee, which he uses himself, and Versa Foot. "Now, we've got a few hundred athletes and veterans using our product, as well as the majority of the US Paralympic snowboarding team. It's really rewarding to see these guys test our stuff to the limit in these events. It kind of shows, our products can withstand anything." (si.com, 30 Oct 2017; monstermikeschultz.com, Jan 2014)

EVENT FIRST
In 2010 he became the first person to win a gold medal at both the X Games and Winter X Games in the same year in different sports when he was victorious in adaptive motocross and adaptive snocross. (ridefox.com, Jan 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:15.81
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
2 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 53.42
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:09.32
1 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:18.37