Hometown Pillager, MN Years Competing 21
Team Mike Schultz Racing
Discipline Snocross, Motocross
Honors Holds 6 X Games Gold medals; named one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the US Jaycees; his Versa Foot prosthetic was named one of 2013's Top Inventions by Popular Science magazine
Dan S. Robbins
How does FOX contribute to your success?
The biggest way they contribute is by having the trickest lightweight shocks available that I use in my prosthetic knee and foot. Along with that they build the best handling and most adjustable bike and snowmobile suspension ever.
Tell us about your bike/vehicle setup.
MX Bike: 2010 CRF 250 (300cc big bore by "MAX Power"), Kliktronic electric shifter and custom rotating foot peg. Snocross Sled: 2011 Ski-Doo XP RS 600R (stock engine) custom foot stirrup to keep my foot in the right spot.
What else is in your garage?
Gary Fisher mountain bike; Trek Road bike; a lot of tools to build anything including my many custom prosthetic legs; 200s Honda three wheeler (many mods).
What's your training regimen?
Road or mountain bike 3 days a week, ride 2-3 days a week, and weight train 3 days a week.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
December 2008 I ejected off my sled while racing and landed stiff legged and hyper extended my knee, it tore it up so bad that it had to be amputated a few days later. Since the accident, I always looked forward and focused on getting better and challenging myself to do the things I did before. I designed and built my own riding leg with a FOX DHX Air 5.0 mountain bike shock in it that allows me to rip on the bike and sled "almost" as fast as before.
What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
Breakfast: yogurt and granola, banana, blueberry muffin, half of an energy drink and water.
How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
I choose the races that will give the best exposure to my sponsors, and also a couple races that I really enjoy riding at.
What motivated you to get started professionally?
I just wanted to be the fastest guy on any machine I rode.
What separates you from other professional athletes?
I never give up. Ever.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
I'd be a mad scientist building crazy things in my shop (oh ya, I do that already).
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Getting to keep doing the thing that I love the most, riding MX and snocross. And also to see how far I can push myself on and off the track.
What other sports are you interested in?
Cycling, board sports, firearms, and anything else that gives you that rush right when you're about to find the edge.
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Make it your #1 priority and put in the training time during the week so the weekend seems like a breeze. Occasionally stop and enjoy the other things in life besides racing.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Favorite movie quote?
"Talk to me, Goose."
Who is your hero?
My good buddy, Launchin' Levi LaVallee. Because he's one heck of an athlete and he's always having a great time no matter what!
Are you a Mac or PC? PC
Top 3 bands Buckcherry, Eminem, Nickelback
Greatest strength I'm a problem solver
Most frustrating challenge My mind wants to go faster than my body lets me.
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