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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Updated: January 27, 7:47 PM ET
Mike Schultz rallies for three-peat

By Keith Hamm
XGames.com

All eyes were on two-time defending Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive gold medalist Mike Schultz as he gunned for a three-peat at X Games Aspen 2013 on Sunday, but when he crashed going into the first turn, all bets were off.

Mike Schultz crashed on the first turn but rallied to win gold in SnoCross Adaptive.

As 2010 bronze medalist Doug Henry -- who's partially paralyzed from his waist down -- slotted the hole shot, with amputee and two-time medalist Jim Wazny breathing down his neck, Schultz swung his prosthetic leg back over his sled and launched the ultimate comeback.

By the halfway mark of the fifth and final lap, the 31-year-old Schultz had climbed his way back from dead last -- overtaking Garret Goodwin through the downhill section -- to pass Henry and hold on through the checkered flag.

"How about that for some excitement?" Schultz said after the race. "I'm like, 'Oh, man! I've got some work to make up here.' I didn't know if I was going to be able to catch (Henry)."

Schultz's gold gave him the three-peat. Henry, 43, finished with the silver.

"I had such a good time getting ready for this race," Henry said.

Goodwin, an X Games rookie, finished with the bronze.

Snowmobile SnoCross Adaptive Final

Place Name Time
1 Mike Schultz 4:51.882
2 Doug Henry 4:53.151
3 Garret Goodwin 4:58.204
4 Jim Wazny 5:23.134
5 Dave Turner 5:33.011
6 Paul Thacker 4:37.013
7 Chris Heppding 4:37.013
8 Darryl Tait 4:49.224