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ULTEE Mike
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthOudewater, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in Para snowboard in 2014.
Why this sport?
He was overweight as a teenager so his older brother Patrick took him to the gym. He began training five times a week, and the intensity of his sessions was noticed by someone who thought he could be a potential Para athlete. He was invited to a talent identification day and then took up Para athletics. He switched to Para snowboard after having a conversation with the winter sports coach. "I have two brothers who snowboard, but doctors told me it was impossible for me to snowboard. I can't control my right leg so they thought it was a no-go, but I showed them they were wrong about that."
Club / Team
Limitless Snowboarding: Oudewater, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Weight training. (Facebook page, 22 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
His family, teammates Chris Vos and Lisa Bunschoten, coach Frank Germann. (paralympic.org, 14 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you really want something, you can do it, no matter what stands in your way." (paralympic.org, 14 Nov 2016)
Other sports
He has been national champion in Para athletics [discus throw and shot put] in the Netherlands. (Facebook page, 22 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 14 Nov 2016)
Impairment
At age five, while on a family trip, he suffered a cerebral infarction [ischemic stroke] that resulted in paralysis of the right side of his body. "There was a coral basin with sharks behind glass. I wanted to see, but hit my head on the edge. I immediately started to cry and my father tried to comfort me, but I spoke very confused, a kind of gibberish. My parents took me straight to the emergency room as they felt something was wrong." (eigenkracht.nl, 01 Sep 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:20.50
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
6 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired