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male Para snowboarder Mike Schultz holding up his snowboard

Mike Schultz

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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1

Further personal information

Family
Wife Sara, daughter Lauren [2013]
Residence
Saint Cloud, MN, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2009.
Why this sport?
He initially tried snowboard to test his prosthetic knee outside of motor sports. "Being able to go to the top of the mountain and just carve your way down and be dead tired by the time you get to the bottom is pretty amazing."

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Monster (monstermikeschultz.com, Jan 2014)
Hobbies
Motocross, snowmobiling, mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing, snow biking, working in his shop. (teamusa.org, 28 Nov 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in snowboard cross at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 12 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He shattered his right heel during his adaptive boardercross semifinal at the 2015 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. He underwent surgery and was unable to participate in high intensity activity for six months. (paralympic.org, 19 Oct 2015; denverpost.com, 23 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Only you choose your limitations." (Facebook profile, 05 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Male Athlete with a Disability at the 2018 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly [ESPY] Awards. (teamusa.org, 27 Dec 2018)

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)
Other sports
Before his accident he was a professional snocross racer. He has won gold medals in adaptive motocross at the X Games and adaptive snocross and adaptive snow bikecross at the Winter X Games. (tricountynews.mn, 20 Feb 2019; ridefox.com, 01 Jan 2014)
Milestones
In 2010 he became the first person to win a gold medal at both the X Games and Winter X Games in the same year in different sports when he was victorious in adaptive motocross and adaptive snocross. (ridefox.com, 01 Jan 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Pyha, Finland. (teamusa.org, 28 Nov 2018)
Impairment
In December 2008 he was competing in a snocross race when his snowmobile drifted sideways as he jumped over a mogul and landed on his left leg. He suffered a severe compound fracture to his knee, and after multiple operations the limb was amputated above the knee. (denverpost.com, 23 Jan 2015; monstermikeschultz.com, 01 Jan 2014; ridefox.com, 01 Jan 2014)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
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)

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-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-04 4
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2017-02-07 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-12 1
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-16 2
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-27 1
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Race 1 2019-03-30 3