Mike Schultz wins ESPN's Winter X Games Adaptive SnoCross race

9:02 AM, Feb 1, 2010   |    comments
  • Mike Schultz, Courtesy: ESPN Winter X Games
  • Mike Schultz wins Adaptive SnoCross race. Courtesy: ESPN Winter X Games
  • Mike Schultz wins Adaptive SnoCross race. Courtesy: ESPN Winter X Games
  • Mike Schultz wins Adaptive SnoCross race. Courtesy: ESPN Winter X Games
  • Mike Schultz wins Adaptive SnoCross race. Courtesy: ESPN Winter X Games
    
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ASPEN, Colo. -- A Minnesota man who built his own prosthetic leg after a snowmobile racing accident became the first winner of the ESPN Winter X Games Adaptive SnoCross race.

Schultz's leg got caught underneath his snowmobile during a race about a year ago.  He lost his leg just above the knee and sat out the rest of the season. 

He returned to action this year thanks to his own invention.  And he accomplished something on Sunday he had never done before -- he won a gold medal at the Winter X Games.

"I couldn't be happier," Schultz told ESPN immediately after winning the race.

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Schultz raced Sunday with five other men who face similar challenges: missing limbs, paralysis and amputations.  He quickly took the lead and easily won the race.

"It definitely plays with your mind sometimes when you're in the lead like that," Schultz told KARE 11 Sunday afternoon.  "You just focus on what's in front of you and just keep charging."

To get back to racing, he built what he calls the Moto-Knee, which is made out of a lot of aluminum and a Fox mountain bike air shock.  He's perfecting the design so it can be used for professional racing.

"I'm so happy that they're starting to have these adaptive events," Schultz said.  "Most of us got hurt doing the extreme sports, and just because we got the injury, doesn't mean our competitive spirit went away."

Schultz won a silver medal in adaptive motocross during last year's Summer X Games.  Before his injury, he had never placed better than ninth at the Winter X Games.

For more information about Mike Schultz you can visit his Web site.

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