Event: Snowboard cross
Classification: Lower Limb Impairment
Date of Birth: Nov. 13, 1986
Birthplace: San Francisco, Calif.
Hometown: Maui, Hawaii
Current Residence: Nevada City, Calif.
High School: Home-schooled ‘04
College: Cabrillo College (Aptos, Calif.)
Coach: Miah Wheeler
- 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 1st; U.S. Paralympics Snowboard Cross National Championships, 1st; World Cup La Molina, 1st run 1, 2nd run 2; World Cup Copper Mountain, 2nd run 1, 1st run 2; World Cup Big White, 3rd run 1, 2nd run 2
- 2013: U.S. Paralympics Snowboard Cross National Championships, 1st; Paralympic test event for Sochi Games, 1st; World Cup Kelowna, 1st run 2, 2nd run 1; World Cup Maribor, 1st; NorAm Copper Mountain, 2nd; NorAm Twin Bridges, 1st
- 2012: Para-Snowboard World Championships, 1st; World Cup Orcieres, France, 1st; World Cup Nakiska, British Columbia, 1st run 1, 1st run 2; finished 2012 season in firth for world cup races
- 2011: World Cup Orcieres, France, 1st run 1, 1st run 2; World Cup Wanaka, New Zealand, 1st; World Cup British Columbia, 1st run 1, 1st run 2; ESPN Winter X Games, 1st
Evan Strong grew up in Hawaii and found a love for the cement waves of the skatepark at a young age. By the age of 13, Strong had inked his first skateboarding sponsorship, and by the time he was 17, he was on his way to a career as a professional skateboarder. Just 10 days before his 18th birthday, Strong was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by a drunk driver in a head-on collision which led to the partial amputation of his left leg. As Strong got his mobility back after the accident, he wanted to do anything and everything -- including snowboarding. Strong moved to Lake Tahoe in October 2007 to work at the Northstar-at-Tahoe resort and learn how to snowboard.
Since then, he hasn’t looked back. Strong has earned every title in the sport of adaptive boardercross, including an X Games gold medal, a world championship title, two world overall titles, and 11 world cup titles. As of Feb. 1, Strong shares the No. 1 spot in the IPC snowboarding world rankings alongside U.S. teammate Mike Shea.
Off the slopes, Strong stays active as a skateboarder, mountain biker and rock climber. Strong and his wife Mariah live in a yurt in Nevada City, Calif., and own an organic vegetarian restaurant there called The Fix For Foodies.