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Michael Spivey



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Kris
San Diego, CA, USA
Machinist, Veteran

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para snowboarding in 2011 in Breckenridge, CO, United States of America. He started competing in 2015.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport during his rehabilitation, and was offered the chance to attend snowboard camps through the Semper Fi Fund [SFF] for injured US combat veterans. "I found out about SFF while at Balboa Naval Hospital [San Diego, CA, United States of America] through my case manager and recreational therapist. Trying to find a new purpose and goal in life was hard at first, due to the limited options from not having two hands. In the beginning sports played more of a mental role in my recovery and transition. I was able to test my limitations through sports."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
Name of coach
Nichole Mason [national], USA

General interest

Mike, Spyv (, 17 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 19 Nov 2020)
Surfing, hiking, camping, golf, working on old cars. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 and 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
US Para snowboarder Keith Gabel. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being on a snowboard feels like freedom. When I'm around big crowds, it's sensory overload. There are so many variables, and you can't control what's happening or what's going to happen. On the mountain, everything else goes away. Even though I'm still aware of the periphery, I know what I can control and fully focus on my task." (, 01 Jan 2020)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Facebook page, 11 Nov 2021;, 01 Jan 2020)
In December 2010 he was serving with the US Marine Corps in Afghanistan when he was injured by an improvised explosive device [IED]. He lost his left arm below the elbow and sustained shrapnel injuries to his back and legs. (Warrior Foundation Freedom Station Facebook page, 12 Jun 2015)
Other information
He was born at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, United States of America. He joined the US Marine Corps in 2005, and served as a combat engineer in Iraq in 2007 and in Afghanistan in 2010. He reached the rank of sergeant before becoming medically retired due to the injuries he sustained in 2010. (, 01 Jan 2020; Warrior Foundation Freedom Station Facebook page, 12 Jun 2015)

He lives in San Diego, CA, United States of America, during the northern hemisphere summer months, and moves to train at Copper Mountain, Colorado, during the winter. (Facebook page, 11 Nov 2021;, 25 Feb 2018;, 01 Jan 2020; Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2020; Instagram profile, 18 Nov 2020)


Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Race 1 2017-02-04 11
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2017-02-07 14
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Final 2018-03-12 18
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Final 2018-03-16 18