Full Name: Michelle Sonia Salt
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Stance on board: Regular
Sponsors: Crescent Point, AMS, Nikita, The Athlete Factory, Biodapt, ASEA, Skinnypasta, Colman Prosthetics
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 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 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.
- 2nd SBX1 Big White World Cup 2015-16
- 3rd SBX2 Big White World Cup 2015-16
- 3rd BSL Big White World Cup 2015-16
- 2nd SBX Les Angles World Cup 2015-16
- 2nd BSL Les Angles World Cup 2015-16
In June 2011, Michelle Salt lost her right leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident. Less than three years later, she would become the first ever female Canadian Paralympic snowboarder.