Paralympic Flag Bearer From St. Cloud

Paralympic Flag Bearer From St. Cloud Click to Enlarge Photo: Associated Press

(KNSI) - A once in a lifetime honor for a Paralympic athlete from St. Cloud.

Snowboarder Mike Schultz was selected to bear the American flag during the opening ceremony of the Paralympics Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, held Friday morning.

The 36-year-old was chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes to lead the 74-member team into Olympic Stadium.

He was a professional snocross racer before a severe injury during competition in 2008 led to the amputation of his left leg above the knee.

Schultz engineered his own prosthetic design, which is used by many of his teammates, international competitors and other amputees across the country.

He's emerged as one of the top snowboarders in the world since joining the U.S. team in 2015.

Schultz won a silver medal at the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships and is making his Paralympic debut.

He was born in Litchfield and graduated from Kimball Area High School.

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