Keith Gabel Brings Home the Bronze in the 2014 Paralympic Games

High Fives Athlete Keith Gabel Take the Bronze (Photo: Keith Gabel)
High Fives Athlete Keith Gabel Take the Bronze (Photo: Keith Gabel)

Congratulations to High Fives Athlete Keith Gabel for being part of a U.S. sweep in the first-ever Paralympic snowboard cross event. He won bronze behind teammates Evan Strong, who won gold, and Mike Shea, who earned silver. 

“It is a true honor [to be a part of the sweep],” Gabel said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my teammates or myself. It’s been a long time coming. … To be a part of a clean sweep, man what an honor, what an honor. It is a serendipitous moment, standing up there and hearing the roar. It’s a surreal moment for me.”

About Keith Gabel: In June of 2005, Keith Gabel was involved in an industrial accident; over 2,000 pounds of hydraulic pressure crushed his left foot. After a series of medical procedures the decision was made to amputate. Keith is an action sports enthusiast with a background in big mountain and freestyle snowboarding. Just three months after his accident, Keith set his sights on making the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team. In February 2013, Gabel won an International Paralympic Committee World Cup event in Slovenia, and in 2012 he earned an X-Games gold medal. He is currently ranked third in the world in his discipline of Para Snowboard Cross and has been named to the U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding National A-Team. A United States Team for Tomorrow Ambassador, Keith is also a humanitarian helping others with debilitating illnesses or injuries.

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About Team for Tomorrow: Team for Tomorrow is a humanitarian program that provides a vehicle through which U.S. athletes can offer their assistance and support to those in need around the world, as well as a means to continue spreading the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect. Through this initiative, U.S. athletes offer assistance and support in the form of donations, volunteerism, disaster recovery support, advocacy and other contributions to communities. First launched in 2008, this impactful program is beginning its fourth cycle in 2013-14 with U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls embracing the opportunity to give back through a wide variety of social and civic causes.

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