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SHEA Mike
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthVan Nuys, CA, USA
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Jaimie Mickalson, stepchildren Rider and Camden, daughter Ellie.
Residence
Castaic, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Carpenter, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first began snowboarding in 1997, five years prior to his accident.
Why this sport?
He has a background in skateboarding from growing up in Big Bear, CA, United States of America, which influenced his desire to try snowboarding.
Training Regime
He trains at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
Baseball, hiking, fitness, cooking, woodworking, writing, camping, golf, yoga, stand up paddleboarding, playing the drums. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Helping to develop Para snowboard as an elite sport since 2010. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Miah Wheeler and Erik Peterson. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
His family. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Injuries
During the 2015/16 season he was diagnosed with posterior tibial tendinitis in his ankle. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"PACE - progression, attitude, commitment, enjoyment. The four essential elements to my success over the years and something I try to live by everyday." (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Athlete of the Month in January 2014 by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (teamusa.org, 06 Feb 2014)

He has received a Hal O'Leary Achievement Award during his career. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2018)
Famous relatives
His father was a famous child actor and starred in a number of movies, including his role as Huckleberry Finn in the series 'The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2016)
Impairment
In 2002, while wakeboarding with friends, a rope became wrapped around his left ankle. The incident resulted in severe injuries that required the amputation of his left leg below the knee. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
He is the founder and owner of Altered Grain Design, a woodworking and carpentry business in Castaic, CA, United States of America. (Facebook profile, 25 Feb 2019; Altered Grain Design Facebook page, 19 Dec 2018)

BATTLING ADDICTION
He has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction issues during his life. "In the years leading up to my accident from about the age of 15, I battled alcohol and drug addiction. I was on a path of self destruction, abandoning the family and friends who cared most about me. During the recovery from my amputation, my addiction progressed and manifested with the opiates prescribed for the pain. You can't get very far trying to hide a thing like that, but at some point, I decided it was time to ask for help. I went to rehab a few times before it worked. Addiction was harder for me to overcome than my amputation. Treatment changed my life. I'm now sober and work every day to live a life full of compassion and without fear or regret." (mikesheausa.com, 27 Nov 2017)

SUSPENSION
In March 2013 he returned a positive urine sample for buprenorphine at an International Paralympic Committee [IPC] sanctioned competition in Sochi, Russian Federation. He was given a one-month suspension. (paralympic.org, 2014; keirradnedge.com, 10 May 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:23.80
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
7 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:09.48
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:44.18
5 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 49.70
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 54.80
5 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
9 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:07.21
2 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:15.83
WSF World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing