Michelle Salt was a member of Canada’s first ever Paralympic Games snowboard team that competed at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. She was the only Canadian in the women’s competition and placed ninth in the snowboard cross. She first joined the national team a year earlier.
Salt has maintained herself among the world’s best since Sochi, with three fourth-place finishes at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships. She also concluded the 2015-16 World Cup season with four silver and three bronze silver medals.
When she’s not training, she enjoys other sports such as cycling, wakeboarding and kayaking. She also spends time speaking for STARS and Canadian Blood services as a patient/recipient.
Salt is relatively new to the Para snowboard world as she lost her right leg above the right knee in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in June 2011. Upon losing her leg, Salt became determined to one day participate in the Paralympic Games. She says, “Snowboarding has always been a passion of mine, so it made sense to turn that love in to a medal someday. It was such an incredible feeling to get back on the board after hearing it may never happen again.”
Salt competed in her first fitness competition just five weeks before her accident. Doctors told her family that a huge part of her surviving was the strong condition of her heart. She is a strong advocate for blood donation, as she lost a great deal of blood and would not have survived without receiving donated blood.
Two-time world championships team member… Competed at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games…
Three weeks after her accident, she received a visit in hospital from Canadian Para ice hockey player Greg Westlake. He gave her advice on how to get involved in Paralympic competition…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2017 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 4th
2016 Trentino World Cup final - snowboardcross – 2nd
2016 Trentino World Cup final - banked slalom – 2nd
2016 IPC Big White World Cup– snowboardcross – 2nd
2016 IPC Les Angles World Cup – banked slalom – 2nd
2015 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 4th
2015 IPC World Championships – banked slalom – 4th
2014 Paralympic Games – standing – 9th
2014 Sochi Paralympics
Snowboard Cross - Women