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MINOR Michael
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
Place of BirthScranton, PA, USA
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Partner Virpi Jumisko
Frisco, CO, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven after seeing other people snowboarding.
Why this sport?
"Snowboarding chose me. I don't just like it, I love it. Snowboarding is a part of me, it's who I am."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
Senior International Debut
Competing for
United States
World Cup
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Smeagol, Mike, Squirrel (, 26 Nov 2018;, 07 Mar 2018; Athlete, 04 Oct 2016)
Hero / Idol
US Para snowboarder Andrew Hale. (Athlete, 04 Oct 2016)
In early 2020 he suffered an ankle injury while filming a skateboard video in Barcelona, Spain. (, 11 Jul 2020)

In 2019 he suffered a fractured skull skateboarding at a skate park in Frisco, CO, United States of America. (, 11 Jul 2020)

A knee injury prevented him from competing at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. (, 29 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make 'this' fun, make 'this' comfortable, and 'this' will make you a champion." (Athlete, 04 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named Athlete of the Month for November 2016 by the United States Olympic Committee [USOC]. (, 07 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He won bronze in Para skateboard at the 2019 X Games in Minneapolis, MN, United States of America. (, 11 Jul 2020;, 05 Aug 2019)
He was born missing his right forearm. He wore a prosthetic forearm and hand until he was age five, but then began to see it as a hindrance and stopped using it. (, 02 Jun 2017;, 2016)
Other information
In 2020 he began working as a terrain park supervisor at Elk Mountains in Colorado, United States of America. "I will be designing and building their parks for the season in between my training." (Instagram profile, 19 Oct 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:10.94
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 50.77
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
3 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 59.43
  2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  DNS
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired