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SPIVEY Michael
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthJacksonville, NC, USA
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Kris
Occupation
Athlete, Machinist, Veteran
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para snowboarding in 2011 and he started competing in 2015.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport during his rehabilitation, and was offered to chance to attend snowboard camps through the Semper Fi Fund [SFF] for injured US combat veterans. "I found out about SFF while at Balboa Naval Hospital [San Diego, CA, United States of America] through my case manager and recreational therapist. Trying to find a new purpose and goal in life was hard at first, due to the limited options from not having two hands. In the beginning sports played more of a mental role in my recovery and transition. I was able to test my limitations through sports."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Mike, Spyv (stripes.com, 17 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 19 Nov 2020)
Hobbies
Surfing, hiking, camping, golf, working on older cars. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 19 Nov 2020; sandiegouniontribune.com, 18 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being on a snowboard feels like freedom. When I'm around big crowds, it's sensory overload. There are so many variables, and you can't control what's happening or what's going to happen. On the mountain, everything else goes away. Even though I'm still aware of the periphery, I know what I can control and fully focus on my task." (warriorfoundation.org, 01 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (sgtmichaelspivey.wixsite.com, 01 Jan 2020)
Impairment
In December 2010 he was serving with the US Marine Corps in Afghanistan when he was injured by an improvised explosive device [IED]. He lost his left arm below the elbow and sustained shrapnel injuries to his back and legs. (Warrior Foundation Freedom Station Facebook page, 12 Jun 2015)
Other information
MILITARY SERVICE
He was born at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, United States of America. He joined the US Marine Corps in 2005, and served as a combat engineer in Iraq in 2007 and in Afghanistan in 2010. He reached the rank of sergeant before becoming medically retired due to the injuries he sustained in 2010. (sgtmichaelspivey.wixsite.com, 01 Jan 2020; Warrior Foundation Freedom Station Facebook page, 12 Jun 2015)

RESIDENCE
He lives in San Diego, CA, United States of America, during the northern hemisphere summer months, and moves to train at Copper Mountain, Colorado, during the winter. (semperfifund.org, 25 Feb 2018; warriorfoundation.org, 01 Jan 2020; Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2020; Instagram profile, 18 Nov 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
14 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:26.36
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
18 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
18 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 59.40
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
14 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:16.76
13 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:26.99