Keith Gabel moved to Ogden, Utah, when he was 12 years old. From that day forward, he spent his life in the mountains. Keith started skiing the same day he moved to Utah and instantly fell in love with snow sports. When he was 15 years old, he took his first two paychecks and bought his first snowboard setup.
In 2005, Keith was involved in an industrial accident. Following a crush injury involving 2,000 pounds of hydraulic pressure, he required four blood transfusions, developing a blood clot in his left lung; he lost his leg below the knee. Three short months after his amputation, Keith was back on a snowboard, living life the only way he knew how.
It wasn’t until the 2010-11 season (Keith’s sixth season riding with an amputation) that he found out about competitive para-snowboarding and began training with the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. Keith progressed quickly through the international ranks, earning a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team.
Today, Keith is a two-time U.S. Paralympian who represented Team USA at the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and at the Paralympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018.
Keith works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.
For more information about Keith’s accomplishments, visit Team USA’s website.
Photo by Benjamin Edwards
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