Minnesota athletes earn two silver medals at Paralympics in Beijing

A snowboarder competes at the Paralympics
Mike Schultz of the U.S. competes in the men's snowboard cross quarterfinals at the Winter Paralympics on Monday in Zhangjiakou, China. Schultz, of St. Cloud, Minn., claimed silver in the event.
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A pair of athletes from Minnesota earned silver medals Monday at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing.

In her Paralympics debut, cross-country skier Sydney Peterson of Lake Elmo claimed silver in the women's 15-kilometer race. And St. Cloud's Mike Schultz took the silver in the men's snowboard cross — adding to the gold and silver medals he won four years ago.

A snowboarder celebrates at the Paralympics
Mike Schultz of the U.S. celebrates after earning the silver medal in the men's snowboard cross competition at the Winter Paralympics on Monday, March 7, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. Schultz is from St. Cloud, Minn.
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Schultz spoke with NBC about his performance, and about his work designing specialized prosthetics for other athletes.

A cross-country skier competes at the Paralympics
Sydney Peterson of the U.S. competes in the women's long-distance cross-country ski race at the Winter Paralympics on Monday in Zhangjiakou, China. Peterson, who is from Lake Elmo, Minn., earned a silver medal.
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"They're all just pushing the bar so high and I'm just — I'm pumped I can keep up with them and I'm I'm even more pumped that, you know, I've created the equipment that is helping us to progress the sport," he said. "To race alongside of all these guys and still, you know, finish on the podium with a silver. Gold is awesome but silver is still awesome, too. I'm so pumped and proud."

Peterson was a late addition to the U.S. Paralympic team, after winning three medals at the world championships earlier this winter.

"I didn’t really expect to ever be here. It’s all happened really fast. It feels kind of surreal to be here," Peterson said in an account of the race on the Team USA website.

A cross-country skier celebrates her gold medal
Sydney Peterson of the U.S. celebrates her silver medal in the women's long-distance cross-country ski race at the Winter Paralympics on Monday.
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"It was definitely a very hard race and physically exhausting," she said of Monday's race.

Elsewhere at the Paralympics, the U.S. wheelchair curling team — including Oyuna Uranchimeg of Burnsville — is now 2-3 in round-robin play, after a win over Norway on Monday.

Curlers compete at the Paralympics
Oyuna Uranchimeg of the U.S. competes against Team Canada in mixed wheelchair curling at the Winter Paralympics on Monday in Beijing. Uranchimeg is from Burnsville, Minn.
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