Mike Schultz visits ESPN campus
Mike Schultz drops by ESPN
Earlier this week, X Games Aspen 2016 two-sport athlete Mike Schultz (Schultz competes in SnoCross Adaptive and Snowboarder X Adaptive) dropped by ESPN campus in Bristol, Connecticut. And what happened? For one, he discovered that his likeness is being featured on the X Games Aspen 2016 posters. Here, XGames.com trails Schultz through a not-so-typical day at ESPN HQ.
Smile for the camera
What do you get when you put an X Games athlete on camera in front of 50 X Games Aspen 2016 posters featuring himself? You get one very entertaining interview. A longtime tinkerer, Schultz, an above-the-knee amputee, built his own special knee and prosthetic leg to accommodate his numerous activities and now has his own company, Biodapt.
Schultz has seven X Games medals, including six gold across 12 X Games appearances. He competed in SnoCross five times with a best-finish of ninth in 2007 before losing his leg in a December 2008 snocross crash. He is a two-sport athlete for X Games Aspen 2016: SnoCross Adaptive and Snowboarder X Adaptive.
The world of Mike Schultz
Schultz shared camera time with World of X Games host Brandon Graham during his tenure at ESPN campus in Bristol.
Schultz's company Biodapt, creates prosthetic devices specifically designed for athletes who have lost limbs and want to excel in action sports. He has built knees for Walter Reed Medical Center that were given to veteran with combat injuries, and he is considered a hero in the adaptive community. "There's just so much satisfaction being able to help different people realize that an injury like this isn't the end," says Schultz.
Some X Games athletes are so intimidated by Brando's interview techniques that they pad up before the interview process.
Mike Schultz needed a prosthetic that could perform on a snowmobile. So he went and designed one. At the core of his design would be a mountain bike shock in which the pressure could be adjusted. Schultz slipped it on, climbed aboard a dirt bike and went for a ride on a practice track. "Within about a minute, I knew I had something," he said. "I could stand up, balance side-to-side, and it was a predictable, consistent feel. It was awesome. And just like that, a whole new door had opened up."
Schultz proudly shows off his latest racing jersey for the camera. "I don't believe things happen for a reason," says Schultz. "I believe life is presented to you, and you can react to it one way or another. You can take a left turn and go down the wrong path or take a right turn and make the best of it. You have to make things happen. You have to make your own luck. And that's what I try to tell people."
The poster child
Look for Mike Schultz to be competing at X Games Aspen 2016 in Snocross Adaptive and Snowboarder X Adaptive, and expect big things from one of the most versatile athletes on the X Games scene.
Schultz in action
"Snowmobiles, dirt bikes -- that's my life. That's what makes me tick," says Schultz.