Michael Spivey, SGT, U.S. Marine Corps
In December 2010, Michael sustained a traumatic brain injury and had his right arm amputated above the elbow as the result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during his second deployment to Afghanistan. IN 2011, Michael started surfing and snowboarding as part of his rehabilitative physical therapy to get back in shape and out of the hospital in San Diego. They quickly became passions: “I am always trying to get as much time as possible in the water or on a mountain because it keep me balanced,” says Michael. “I believe that if you stay physically active, the mind will follow.” He had the opportunity to compete for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, finishing 18th in banked slalom and snowboard-cross. Michael, who received a Purple Heart and a Navy Commendation Medal with Valor for his service, lives in California with his wife, Kris.