(KNSI) – St. Paralympic Champion Cloud took home a silver medal in his first international competition in a year.
Snowboarder Mike Schultz (also known as Monster Mike) recently returned from Italy after finishing second and fourth in snowboard cross.
“I am very excited to wear the red, white and blue jersey and compete for Team USA. Pretty awesome. “
The races were held last week.
Schultz said because of COVID, he hasn’t competed much, but he is still training at home.
“I’ve done a lot of training here in Minnesota on the hill of my home right in our backyard, Powder Ridge. It’s definitely not a big mountain like most of my competitors train but, we were able to set up some training courses and get some valuable training. “
The 36-year-old has spent a lot of time in the gym and Colorado training over the past year.
The paralympic snowboarder suffered a serious knee injury while participating in a snowmobile competition in 2008. His left leg had to be amputated above the knee.
Shortly after his accident, Schultz returned to doing what he liked to do, but ordinary prosthetics are not suitable for competitive and rigorous sports.
Schultz engineered a durable and versatile mechanical knee and, in 2010, started the BioDapt company.
Now competitors can use this equipment. All four competitors at the finals in Italy used Schultz-designed BioDapt prosthetics.
KNSI News wanted to know how it felt to sell to the competition.
“I know it’s only a matter of time before someone finishes that line before me with my own equipment and me as a competitor. It’s a little harsh, to be honest, but, you know, I’m a businessman and an innovator, you know, I think bigger than myself in this whole program, and I can honestly say it’s been very useful. “
The snowboarding star said she was now focused on getting ready for the Paralympic Games in February 2022 in Beijing, China.
Schultz said nothing compares to that level of competition.
“I’ve had a lot of success in competitions on different platforms like the X Games, but nothing compares to being part of the US team on the world stage at Paralympic Games. What a wonderful feeling. “
In 2018, Schultz won a gold medal on Snowboard cross and a silver medal at the banked slalom.
About Schultz’s career, Click here.
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