Former Maui resident in Paralympics
Former Haiku resident Evan Strong will compete for the U.S. team in snowboardcross at the Winter Paralympics on Friday in Sochi, Russia.
The 27-year-old, who moved to Maui with his family as a youth and now lives in Nevada City, Calif., had his left leg partially amputated when he was 17. The surgery was required after Strong was injured in a traffic crash near Kaupakalua Bridge on Hana Highway in Haiku. Strong moved to Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 2007, where he learned how to snowboard.
Strong shares the No. 1 spot in the International Paralympic Committee world rankings with U.S. teammate Michael Shea. Strong won an adaptive boardercross X Games gold medal in 2011, and a para snowboardcross world championship in 2012.
Snowboardcross competition in Sochi, at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. HST today. Television coverage will begin at 9 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network. Strong is one of 33 men’s entrants.