Paralympian Wins Gold
Jake Judd | Mar 13, 2018 AT 6:05 am
(KNSI) - A St. Cloud snowboarder is celebrating a Paralympic Winter Games gold medal win.
Mike Schultz won the medal in snowboard-cross during his Paralympic debut in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Monday.
Schultz came back from an early fall in his first run to beat defending world champion Chris Vos from the Netherlands in the finals.
“My qualifying run was a little rough - I went down so I got shuffled back in the brackets, but I was able to refocus, put the hammer down, just keep winning all the way through our brackets and finally come home with a gold. I couldn’t be more pumped. The harder you work for something, the better it feels when you finally succeed, and I did that today.”
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.
He competes on an artificial knee he invented.
The prosthetic design is used by many of his teammates, international competitors and other amputees across the country.
Schultz led the U.S. delegation as the flag bearer during the opening ceremony last week.
He was born in Litchfield and graduated from Kimball Area High School.
Schultz's gold medal was one of six the U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding team won.
Gold: Brenna Huckaby (snowboard-cross)
Silver: Keith Gabel (snowboard-cross), Amy Purdy (snowboard-cross)
Bronze: Noah Elliott (snowboard-cross), Mike Minor (snowboard-cross)