Former Maui resident Evan Strong won the inaugural Winter Paralympics men's snowboardcross gold medal Friday in Sochi, Russia.
The 27-year-old Strong, who lived on Maui from age 7 to 20 and now resides in Nevada, had a total time of 1 minute, 43.61 seconds
Each competitor took three runs on the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center course, with the two fastest times used for a total. Strong had a 51.62 in his second run - best of all competitors in any of the three heats - and a 51.99 in his third, after opening with a 52.55.
Evan Strong competes in the inaugural Paralympic snowboardcross Friday on the way to taking the gold medal.
Strong celebrates on the podium after leading an American sweep of the medals.
Strong, who had his left leg amputated in 2004, after a traffic crash in Haiku, led an American sweep of the podium - Michael Shea took the silver in 1:44.18, and Keith Gabel (1:47.10) claimed bronze.