Para-snowboarder Brenna Huckaby wins gold at her first Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang.
Talk about a dream come true!
Paralympian Brenna Huckaby doesn't have to just dream about gold anymore! The mom, turned professional snowboarder, turned Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model will be leaving her first Winter Paralympic Games with a piece of it around her neck.
Team USA won six medals on the first day of snowboard-cross competition, four of which came from athletes making their Paralympic debut. Brenna defeated France's Cecile Hernandez to reach the women's LL2 final, where she was victorious over fellow U.S. teammate Amy Purdy. Brenna, 21, is favored to win double gold heading into Friday's banked slalom races, according to the Team USA website.
Sums up my day 🥇 I couldn’t have done it alone. Thank you to my family, my fiancé, and his family for the support with Lilah. I am thankful for very supportive coaches and USA staff! Holy moly. What. A. Day. There’s no way I did it alone. I had my fiancé Tristan, his parents, my parents, his extended family and mine rallying around helping up at any moment we needed. I had multiple coaches from US Team and club ( @grahamwatanabe @codybx @lane.clegg ) I had sport psychs, nutritionists, team managers working behind the scenes. There’s so much that goes into being a successful athlete and I feel blessed with the best. Thank you for all who have played a part in my career and thank you to those who watch and support me. Couldn’t do any of this without you! Go team USA!
Just a few weeks ago, Brenna made history as the first amputee to ever be featured on the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. She hopes to use both her platform in the magazine and at the Paralympic Games to inspire women everywhere to be comfortable and proud of the skin they're in.
"I hope women feel empowered by [my SI Swimsuit photos]," Brenna told SI. "Everyone should feel sexy. It doesn’t matter what your body looks like, when you feel good in your skin it shows. Let me tell you, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t feel good in your own skin!"
Congrats on winning gold, Brenna! Your SI Swimsuit family is celebrating with you from the other side of the world!
See all of Brenna's gorgeous photos from SI Swimsuit 2018: