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.