Minnesota snowboarder Mike Schultz wins gold at Paralympics

Mike Schultz celebrates after winning the Gold medal in Pyeongchang.
St. Cloud's Mike Schultz celebrates after winning the Gold medal in the Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 during day three of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games on March 12, 2018.
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A St. Cloud, Minn., resident took home gold Monday in the men's snowboard cross event of the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Mike Schultz, who's known for creating cutting-edge prosthetics for snowboard athletes, snagged the event's top medal.

"What a day. It started out rough on my time trial and I went down and got shuffled back to fifth place and unfortunately I had to square up with my teammate Mark Mann pretty early on," Schultz said in a statement. "But I won, and won again, and won again and (got) a gold for Team USA. It's an incredible feeling."

He was a professional snocross racer before a horrific accident in a 2008 race cost him his left leg. He began snowboarding in 2009. He has since won gold medals in adaptive motocross at the X Games and adaptive snocross at the Winter X Games.

He was the first person to win a gold medal at both the X games and the Winter X Games in the same year in different sports in 2010.

Schultz also had the honor to be a flag bearer for Team USA during the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.

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