Event: Snowboard cross
Classification: Lower Limb Impairment
Date of Birth: May 31, 1983
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Calif.
Hometown: Castaic, Calif.
Current Residence: Winter Park, Colo.
High School: Bowman HS (Canyon Country, Calif.) ‘04
Coach: Miah Wheeler
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 2nd; U.S. Paralympics Snowboard Cross National Championships, 2nd; World Cup Copper Mountain, 1st run 1, 2nd run 2; World Cup Big White, 1st run 1, 1st run 2
2013: World Cup Landgraaf, 1st; Europa Cup Landgraaf, 1st; IPCAS Copper Mountain (Feb.), 1st; IPCAS Twin Bridges, 5th
- 2012: World Championships, 3rd; World Cup Cardrona, 4th; World Cup Nakiska, 2nd; ESPN Winter X Games, 2nd; Wells Fargo Cup, Winter Park, Colo., 2nd
2011: ESPN Winter X Games, 2nd
Mike Shea grew up passionate about snowboarding and couldn’t get enough of it. But in September of 2002, he was involved in a boating accident. While wakeboarding with friends, the ski rope wrapped around his ankle and resulted in the instant amputation of his left leg. After Shea’s accident, he became an avid woodworker making custom furniture in the garage of his California home, but in 2010 he packed his woodworking shop and sold his tools in order to fund his move to Winter Park, Colo.
Since his move, Shea has become one of the top adaptive snowboarders in the world and won the first ever overall title for the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Cup circuit in 2014. Shea also helps others to realize their own Paralympic dreams as a developmental coach at the National Sports Center for the Disabled.