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Evan Strong of United States celebrates his victory in the men's para snowboard cross, standing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Paralympic champ Evan Strong of Nevada City to appear on Wheaties box

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Sochi Paralympics snowboard cross champion Evan Strong made history this week by becoming the first para-athlete to appear on a Wheaties box.

Gold medalist Strong joins fellow American champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Sage Kotsenburg with a limited-edition Wheaties box scheduled to hit store shelves this spring.

Read more: Nevada City snowboarder wins gold at 2014 Paralympics

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Evan Strong grew up in Maui, Hawaii, and was a pro-am skateboarder. Ten days before his 18th birthday, he was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle as the driver tried to light her cigarette, Strong O’Brien said. Due to injuries suffered in the collision, Strong’s left leg was amputated below the knee.

In 2006, the family moved from Hawaii to the Lake Tahoe area, and Strong turned his talents to snowboarding, training at Northstar.

Video: One-on-one with Paralympic gold medalist Evan Strong

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