Strong misses gate and finishes out of the medals

Evan Strong (left) competes against fellow American Mike Shea in Pyeongchang on Monday. AP photos

The Maui News

Evan Strong, the defending champion and a part-time Maui resident, finished fourth in the snowboard-cross final at the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympics on Monday.

Strong was beaten in the semifinals by eventual gold medalist Matti Suur-Hamari of Finland.

Strong then missed a gate in the bronze-medal final, losing the last spot on the podium to Japan’s Gurimu Narita.

American Keith Gabel, who was the bronze medalist behind Strong and fellow American Mike Shea in Sochi in this event four years ago, took the silver on Monday. Shea finished fifth.

Evan Strong makes his run during the snowboard cross quarterfinal SB-LL2. He finished fourth overall.

Strong will compete in the debut of banked slalom on Friday in his quest for a second Paralympic gold medal.

He lost his left leg from the knee down in a motorcycle-vehicle crash outside of Haiku 14 years ago.