Evan Strong15 November 1986 Maui, Hawaii, USA
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships - Silver: Snowboard-cross and banked slalom
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Gold: Snowboard-cross
- 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard Cross Test Event - Gold
- 2012 WSF Para-Snowboard Cross World Championships - Gold men's standing
- 2012 X-Games bronze medallist
Evan Strong grew up on Maui, where the only ice is shaved and served in cones or pina coladas, and winter sports are surfing, skateboarding and swimming.
Today, he is still a bit surprised 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.
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 USA 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.
Strong has a history of success in his sporting pursuits and his record in para-snowboard cross is no different. He is the 2012 para-snowboard cross 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 third in the final 2014-15 IPC Alpine Skiing Para- Snowboard World Cup standings behind compatriot Mike Shea and Finland’s Matti Suur-Hamari. He also lost out on gold to Suur-Hamari in the men’s snowboard-cross SB-LL2 at the World Championships in La Molina, Spain, and to Shea in the banked slalom.
In 2015-16, Strong may have a renewed focus having become a father and he will be aiming to reclaim his position at the top of the podium.
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