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Mike Minor

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Mike Minor completed his set of prizes after winning gold in the men’s banked slalom SB-UL at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

He had already owned World Championship and World Cup titles entering his Paralympic debut.

His victory in PyeongChang came in dramatic fashion. After crashing out and settling for bronze in snowboard-cross, Minor appeared like he would leave PyeongChang without a gold. But with his final banked slalom run, Minor gave the performance of his career to clock his class’ fastest time that left him in tears at the finish area.

Initially working as a lift attendant at Copper Mountain in the USA, Mike Minor was asked on the USA’s Adaptive Action Sports team a year later in 2014. He did not take long to jump in the rankings and make the US Paralympics national team for the 2015-16 season.

A stellar full season in 2016-17 led to the World Cup crystal globe for banked slalom, and he went undefeated until the 2017 World Championships.

In Big White, Canada, he lost the gold to France’s Maxime Montaggioni in the banked slalom. But other than that, he dominated the season to earn the overall World Cup crystal globe, and also take the world titles in banked slalom and snowboard-cross.

It was no question he would be a consistent podium face after winning his World Cup debut in the banked slalom in Landgraaf, Netherlands. He went on to win same event in Big White, Canada, and also showcased his snowboard-cross skills by winning the World Cup in March that season in Les Angles, France.

Born missing a right forearm, Minor wore a prosthetic until he was five years old. He started skiing at the age of two, and four and a half years later he discovered snowboard.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL

Further personal information

Family
Partner Virpi Jumisko
Residence
Frisco, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete
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

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Smeagol, Mike, Squirrel (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2018; 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)
Impairment
He was born missing his right forearm. He wore a prosthetic forearm and hand until he was age five, but then began to see it as a hindrance and stopped using it. (wnep.com, 02 Jun 2017; xgames.espn.com, 2016)

Results

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 1
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2017-02-07 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Final 2018-03-12 3
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Final 2018-03-16 1