Mike Schultz showed it is never too late to join the party. Against talented athletes in their prime or even half his age, the 37-year-old became a two-time Paralympic medallist in his debut at PyeongChang 2018.
Schultz’s gold medal in the snowboard-cross SB-LL1 and silver in the banked slalom were the climax of his progress over the past two seasons.
Also known as “Monster Mike,” the US rider became a serious contender for Paralympic gold following the 2017 World Championships in Big White, Canada. He challenged Netherlands’ flying Dutchman Chris Vos in the banked slalom, coming up short of the gold. He also fell short of the snowboard-cross podium. But Schultz was only warming up.
He completed a successful World Cup 2017-18 season in which he took the overall crystal globe, and it set him up for success at PyeongChang 2018.
Now the only prize missing from his collection is a world title, which he can add in Pyha, Finland.
Schultz had his left leg amputated following a professional snocross race accident in 2008. He engineered his own prosthetic knee and got back into sports, winning a silver in motocross adaptive at the X Games. Schultz saw the need for advancements in prosthetics, leading him to find BioDapt, Inc. in July 2010. His products have been instrumental in the development of prosthetics for action sports athletes and wounded soldiers, and he has been working on an improvement to the Versa Foot, which was named one of the Top 10 Inventions of 2013 by Popular Science magazine.
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He was flag bearer for the United States of America at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nbcolympics.com, 07 Mar 2018)
In 2010 he was inducted into the Athletes with Disabilities Network [ADN] Hall of Fame in United States of America. He also received the organisation's Roger McCarville Male Athlete of the Year award. (oandp.com, 01 Nov 2010)
In 2010 he founded BioDapt, a company producing high impact adaptive sports prosthetics. His products include the Moto Knee, which he uses himself, and Versa Foot. "Now, we've got a few hundred athletes and veterans using our product, as well as the majority of the US Paralympic snowboarding team. It's really rewarding to see these guys test our stuff to the limit in these events. It kind of shows, our products can withstand anything." (Facebook profile, 02 Feb 2019; si.com, 30 Oct 2017; monstermikeschultz.com, 01 Jan 2014)
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1||Race 1||2017-02-04||4|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1||Race 1||2017-02-07||2|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1||Final||2018-03-12||1|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1||Final||2018-03-16||2|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1||Race 1||2019-03-27||1|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1||Race 1||2019-03-30||3|