Mike Schultz rallies for three-peat
All eyes were on two-time defending Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive gold medalist Mike Schultz as he gunned for a three-peat at X Games Aspen 2013 on Sunday, but when he crashed going into the first turn, all bets were off.
As 2010 bronze medalist Doug Henry -- who's partially paralyzed from his waist down -- slotted the hole shot, with amputee and two-time medalist Jim Wazny breathing down his neck, Schultz swung his prosthetic leg back over his sled and launched the ultimate comeback.
By the halfway mark of the fifth and final lap, the 31-year-old Schultz had climbed his way back from dead last -- overtaking Garret Goodwin through the downhill section -- to pass Henry and hold on through the checkered flag.
"How about that for some excitement?" Schultz said after the race. "I'm like, 'Oh, man! I've got some work to make up here.' I didn't know if I was going to be able to catch (Henry)."
Schultz's gold gave him the three-peat. Henry, 43, finished with the silver.
"I had such a good time getting ready for this race," Henry said.
Goodwin, an X Games rookie, finished with the bronze.
Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final