What you missed last night at the Paralympics: Huckaby, Schultz lead medal haul for U.S. snowboarder

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Team USA's strong showing at the 2018 Paralympics continued with six snowboard cross medals and another sled hockey shutout. Here's a full look at what happened on the third day of competition.

Para Snowboarding

The U.S. led the way in the first snowboard competition of the 2018 Paralympics, as Americans collected six of the 15 medals awarded in snowboard cross. That included gold medals in two of the five classifications.

On the women's side, the SB-LL1 class pitted two U.S. stars head-to-head in the big final. In one gate was the veteran and adaptive snowboarding pioneer Amy Purdy, and in the other gate was the emerging star and three-time world champion Brenna Huckaby. Once the gate dropped, Huckaby was able to get a strong start and lead the race wire-to-wire to win her first Paralympic gold medal. Purdy took silver — an upgrade from her bronze four years ago in Sochi.

The women's SB-LL2 class was won by 45-year-old Bibian Mentel-Spee of the Netherlands, who outdueled one of her teammates in the big final to win gold. Both racers actually crashed into each other during the race, and in a moment of sportsmanship, Mentel-Spee got up and looked back to check on her teammate before continuing down the course.

In the men's competition, the U.S. won at least one medal in all three classes.

Mike Schultz, who was Team USA's flag bearer during the Opening Ceremony, was able to cruise to gold in the SB-LL1 class after an uncharacteristic fall from reigning world champion Chris Vos of the Netherlands during the big final. Schultz was joined on the podium by 20-year-old teammate Noah Elliott, who captured bronze by winning his small final race.

Keith Gabel took silver in the SB-LL2 class and Mike Minor earned bronze in the SB-UL class to give Team USA its two other snowboard cross medals.