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STRONG Evan
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthSan Francisco, CA, USA
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Mariah, daughter Indie [2015]
Residence
Haiku, HI, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding at age 19.
Why this sport?
"When I was hit, I was living in Maui [in Hawaii, United States of America] so my recovery was there. One day I came across a snowboarding magazine and saw people riding down snow-covered mountains and was just so inspired. It was two years after my accident and after seeing that, I told my family I have to learn to snowboard. Second chance at life, and I have to do this because board sports were my passion. So I packed up, moved to Lake Tahoe in California and found a job at Northstar Ski Resort. Just immersed myself in the ski culture and shortly after that I got introduced to snowboard competition. It was one of the greatest rushes of my life."
Training Regime
"I train throughout the entire day. I start with yoga, then weightlifting, then in the afternoon I do a sport or outdoor activity [skateboarding, surfing or snowboarding]."
General Interest
Hobbies
Skateboarding, surfing, cycling, downhill mountain bike racing. (Facebook page, 16 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family, and Adaptive Action Sports founders Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para skateboarder Jon Comer. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In 2010 he broke five ribs, had a stage three ruptured spleen, and suffered numerous abrasions while downhill mountain biking at the Northstar Resort in California, United States of America. (strongevan.com, 17 May 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
His mother reads him his astrology stars before a race. (nbcolympics.com, 26 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Mind over matter, but soul over all." (Facebook profile, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Athlete of the Month for March 2014 by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 04 Apr 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (nytimes.com, 20 Mar 2018)
Impairment
At age 17 he borrowed his older sister Stephanie's motorcycle after he missed his lift to work. A mile from his home, a drunk driver travelling at 65mph crossed over into oncoming traffic, striking the car in front and then hitting him head-on at full speed. His left leg was amputated three days after the accident. (teamusa.org, 01 Mar 2014; strongevan.com, 01 Jan 2014)
Other information
ABLE-BODIED PUSH
In 2017 he won an able-bodied snowboard competition in Colorado, United States of America. Ahead of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where he went on to win a silver medal in banked slalom, he revealed that he hoped to compete in able-bodied snowboarding at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "It's all in the works. After this Games [in 2018 in Pyeongchang] I'm going to focus full-time on able-bodied racing and step away from adaptive racing for a couple years. Being able to win an able-bodied national title in snowboard cross as someone with a prosthetic leg, it's almost as euphoric as winning a gold medal at the Games in Sochi [2014 Paralympic Winter Games]." (nytimes.com, 20 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:24.06
2 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:08.99
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:43.61
4 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 49.20
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 54.58
6 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:05.19
7 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:17.46
WSF World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing