Para-snowboarding took place today for the first time in the history of the Paralympic Winter Games. The competition was introduced as part of the skiing program.
Dutch athlete Bibian Mentel-Spee and American para-snowboarder, Evan Strong both took home medals in today’s event.
In the women's program, Mentel-Spee from the Netherlands became the first ever Paralympic champion in snowboard cross with a final time of 1 minute 57.43 seconds. France's Cecile Hernandez Ep Cervellon came second, 9.88 seconds behind the Gold medalist and American medalist, Amy Purdy, came third, 16.86 seconds behind the Metel-Spree.
In the men’s competition all three medals went to American athletes. The gold medal of the competition was won by Evan Strong with a time of 1 minute 43.61 seconds. Silver was won by Michael Shea with a time of 1:44.18 and the bronze medal went to Keith Gabel with a time of 1:47.10.