Evan Strong grew up in Maui, Hawaii, where the only ice is shaved and served in cones or pina coladas, and winter sports are surfing, skateboarding and swimming.
It is hard to believe that the former Hawaiian kid is now a snowboarding demon, a guy who is getting impatient for winter storms to start dumping fresh powder all over the Sierra Nevada and Rockies.
With the rising competition, Strong had to be at his best to land silver in the men’s banked slalom SB-LL2 at his second Paralympic Games in PyeongChang.
Strong has a history of success in his sporting pursuits and his record in snowboard-cross is no different. He is the 2012 world champion and a serial World Cup gold medallist.
At the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Strong stormed to a historic gold medal on the slopes of Rosa Khutor, bagging the first ever Paralympic title on the sport's debut at a Games.
But in 2014-15, he finished sixth in the final 2014-15 IPC Para Snowboard World Cup standings. He also lost out on gold to Finland’s Matti Suur-Hamari in the men’s snowboard-cross SB-LL2 at the World Championships in La Molina, Spain, and to teammate Mike Shea in the banked slalom.
In 2015-16, Strong was again slower than his two main rivals, ending third in both the snowboard-cross and the banked slalom World Cups.
The 2016-17 season offered him redemption after a below-par 2015-16. Strong won the men's snowboard-cross SB-LL2 World Cup - the first crystal globe of his career - and topped the overall rankings.
At age 17, Evans was hit by a vehicle while riding a motorcycle and had to have his left leg amputated. Having never snowboarded, Strong immediately took to the sport and has not looked back since. A beneficiary of US teammate Amy Purdy’s Adaptive Action Sports programme, Strong is a true success story on the snow and away from it, where he cycles, continues to skateboard and owns an organic restaurant with his wife. He also has a daughter, Indie.
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In 2017 he won an able-bodied snowboard competition in Colorado, United States of America. Ahead of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where he went on to win a silver medal in banked slalom, he revealed that he hoped to compete in able-bodied snowboarding at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "It's all in the works. After this Games [in 2018 in Pyeongchang] I'm going to focus full-time on able-bodied racing and step away from adaptive racing for a couple years. Being able to win an able-bodied national title in snowboard cross as someone with a prosthetic leg, it's almost as euphoric as winning a gold medal at the [2014 Paralympic Winter] Games in Sochi." (nytimes.com, 20 Mar 2018)
|Men's Para Snowboard Cross Standing||Final Round||2014-03-14||1|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Race 1||2015-02-24||2|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Race 1||2015-02-28||2|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Race 1||2017-02-04||2|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Race 1||2017-02-07||4|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Final||2018-03-12||4|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Final||2018-03-16||2|