Ogden man Keith Gabel wins silver medal in Paralympic snowboard-cross

Tuesday , March 13, 2018 - 4:27 PM1 comment

An athlete from Ogden will bring home a silver medal from South Korea thanks to a great snowboard-cross performance at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

Keith Gabel, a two-time Paralympian originally from Ogden, won the medal Monday at the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

He also won a bronze medal in Sochi four years ago.

Gabel, 33, has been snowboarding for about 18 years, according to his bio on teamusa.org. But an industrial accident crushed his foot and led to an amputation in 2005 — just a year after he graduated from Ben Lomond High School.

Three months later, he was back on his snowboard. And in the winter of 2010-11, upon learning about competitive para-snowboarding, he began training at the National Ability Center in Park City.

The self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie rose quickly to international acclaim and was able to join the 2014 Paralympic team in Sochi.

Monday, March 12, was the first day of the Paralympic snowboard-cross competition. Gabel was one of six snowboarders on Team USA to win a medal, and he wasn’t the only Utahn, either — Brenna Huckaby from Salt Lake City won gold.

In a lengthy, heartfelt Facebook post following Monday’s win, Gabel reeled with gratitude toward the many people who have helped him succeed.

“I feel so fortunate ... to be on this journey and to experience the amazing opportunities that have come my way,” he wrote. “It's been humbling, to say the least.”

Andrea Harvey can be reached at aharvey@standard.net or 801-625-4213. Follow her on Twitter at @andrearharvey or “like” her Facebook page at Facebook.com/AndreaHarveyJourno.

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