My name is Mike Shea. I am a Paralympic athlete and snowboarder for Team USA.
My life took a sudden change at the age of 19 when I lost my leg in a freak wakeboarding accident. Following the accident I battled the demons of drug addiction and alcoholism. With the support of my friends and family I made the decision to change my lifestyle and have now been clean and sober for over nine years. Following my sobriety I was blessed with many great opportunities and I am now lucky enough to travel the world doing what I love.
At the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, my dreams came true as I stood on the podium in front of thousands to receive a silver medal for my country. It's been an incredible journey thus far and I am grateful for the life I live every day. I will continue to push the limits of my ability on and off the snow as I work toward my next goal of competing in South Korea for the 2018 Paralympic Games.
In the meantime I hope to give back to the adaptive community as I stay proactive in amazing events like Wings For Life World Run!
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose to life is to give it away." - Pablo Picasso