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MINOR Michael
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthScranton, PA, USA
Height1.65 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Leadville, CO, USA
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven after seeing other people snowboarding.
Why this sport?
"Snowboarding chose me. I don't just like it, I love it. Snowboarding is a part of me, it's who I am."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
Name of coach
Pat Holland, USA
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Squirrel, Bowl Troll, Smeagol, Mike (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018; Athlete, 04 Oct 2016)
Hobbies
Skateboarding, watching movies, spending time with his partner and his two dogs. (paralympic.org, 11 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the banked slalom overall World Cup title in his first season of international racing. (wnep.com, 02 Jun 2017)
Hero / Idol
Para snowboarder Andrew Hale. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2016)
Injuries
A knee injury prevented him from competing at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 29 Jan 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before competing. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make 'this' fun, make 'this' comfortable, and 'this' will make you a champion." (Athlete, 04 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named Athlete of the Month for November 2016 by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 07 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (wnep.com, 02 Jun 2017)
Impairment
He was born missing his right forearm. He wore a prosthetic forearm and hand until he was age five, but began to see it as a hindrance and stopped using it. (wnep.com, 02 Jun 2017; xgames.espn.com, 2016)
Other information
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT SEASON
He made his World Cup debut in November 2015, winning the banked slalom in Landgraaf, Netherlands, before triumphing in the same event in Big White, BC, Canada in February 2016. One month later he also secured his first World Cup snowboard cross victory in Les Angles, France. His second-place finish in banked slalom at the 2016 World Cup event in Trentino, Italy, was enough for him to top the overall rankings and secure the Crystal Globe for banked slalom. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2016; paralympic.org, 10 Mar 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:10.94
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 50.77
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
3 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 59.43
  2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  DNS
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired