Snatching the lead right out of the gate, Mike Schultz kept the competition behind him to take home his first X Games gold during the Moto X Super X Adaptive Final at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Thursday. The adaptive competitition is run by the Adaptive Action Sports (AAS) group to allow for diabled athletes to still participate in the sports they love. Schultz completed an amazing comeback following an accident at the Winter X Games 2008 which saw him lose his leg just above the knee.
“It feels great to come back and compete after my injury at Winter X Games one and a half years ago and showcase an exciting track like this one at the Coliseum,” Schultz said.
Schultz, who took the Super X Adaptive silver in 2009, narrowly took the win after having trouble with his prosthesis during the race, which he built custom for competing in the X Games. “I wasn’t able to stand up on my prosthetic side so I lost a few paces, but we pulled it off and ended up in the lead so it’s good,” Schultz said.
Cottonwood, Calif. resident Todd Thompson followed Schultz for the silver. Beau Meier from Susanville, Calif. took third.