Evan Strong

Evan Strong


The Backstory:
A native of Hawaii, Strong grew up on surfboards and skateboards, not a snowboard. He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident at age 17 and moved to California four years later, where he learned to snowboard at Lake Tahoe. With additional coaching from Amy Purdy’s Adaptive Action Sports club, Strong won the first-ever Paralympic snowboard race at Sochi in 2014. He followed that up with a silver medal at PyeongChang in 2018. He also has collected five World Championship medals over the years.

Away from the slopes:
Strong owns a natural-foods restaurant with his wife, Mariah, in the Sierra Nevada foothils.

In their own words:
“When you’re given a second chance to live, it gives you a very powerful perspective. I got a job at a ski resort and got to ride 100 days my first year. I fell in love with it.” (link)

“As a disabled individual, we’re celebrating life together because we’ve all experienced some life-changing incident or situation. All of us on our own had to say, ‘I’m not a victim. I’m saying yes to life. I’m going to rise to the occasion even with a disability.’ In a lot of ways, that’s what the Paralympics are about.” (link)

Learn more:
Team USA page
IPC page
Sports Illustrated
, “Paralympic Gold Medalist Evan Strong Talks PyeongChang”
New York Times, “What’s Next After Paralympic Gold?”


Prior Paralympics: 2014, 2018

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  • Sport: Snowboarding
  • Limb Difference: Left below knee
  • DOB: 11/13/1986
  • Residence: ,
  • College: Sierra
  • Classification: SB-LL2


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