KIMBALL -- The roars of cheers echoed throughout Kimball High School Tuesday morning as students and residents sent their best wishes to hometown Olympian Mike Schultz.

Schultz, a former Kimball graduate, will be competing in the snowboarding event at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, Korea.

He says after watching other Minnesotans succeed in the Winter Olympics, he's excited to get his opportunity.

"Minnesota is a great place. There is a lot of athletes that come out of here. I'm happy representing Minnesota and my small town of Kimball."

Schultz started racing snowmobiles professionally in 2003, until he lost his left leg in an accident in 2008.

Now in his 4th season on the U.S. snowboarding team, he says it's important to know that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

"The best thing I can do is lead by example and share my story. It's always important to set goals so you have something to focus on."

Schultz will be competing in the Snowboarding Boardercross event on March 12th and the Banked Slalom on March 16th.