Mike was looking forward to his best snocross season yet, excited to get to work with his new team. His hard work and training over the summer had paid off; he was in the best physical condition he’d ever been in. At the second stop of the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross Series in Ironwood, MI, everything changed. While battling for a transfer spot, Mike landed awkward after a jump severely fracturing his left knee. Over the next few days, Mike endured several surgeries, but the doctors were unable to save his leg and had to amputate it above the knee. On Christmas Eve, Mike was released from the hospital and immediately got to work. Since the accident, Mike has adapted to his new leg and never looked back. His racer mentality has helped him to set and already achieve new goals. Mike was back on his snowmobile within a month of being released from the hospital and even raced in the Mechanics’ Race at the ISOC Finale in March.
Mike’s new goal is to be competitive again in Motocross and Snocross. He is working on perfecting a new knee that he designed and fabricated to enable him to ride close to the level he was at before. He already has achieved a silver medal in the Extremity Games (7/11/09) and the Summer X-Games (7/31/09) adaptive motocross events joining the ranks of only a few other athletes who have competed in both Summer and Winter XI. With these new goals in his sights, there is nothing that will slow this guy down!
"I still wear and have worn a Tekvest since the beginning of my career in 1998. There is nothing else on the market that gives so much protection against the aggressive traction products we use in snocross."
~ Mike Schultz #5