There’s an old saying, “Very often, out of adversity, that’s when the best work comes.” This holds especially true for racer and master tinkerer Michael Schultz. Mike tasted victory at a young age racing BMX bikes in his hometown in, Kimball, Minnesota. It was around that time he also spent long hours in his father’s machine shop learning the ins-and-outs of welding and fabrication.
Mike’s need for speed and power naturally led him to racing motocross. He then transitioned into snowmobile racing with undiminished enthusiasm. After a trophy case full of metal in both disciplines, Mike’s athleticism as an avid snowmobile racer began to flourish. That is, until December 16, 2008 when Mike had a devastating crash that changed his life forever. He injured his leg to the point where it had to be amputated above the knee. For many racers, an injury and setback of this magnitude would be a career crusher. But for Mike, it was only the beginning.
With the support of his family and friends, Mike was walking again less than two months after the accident. Defying all expectations Mike not only found his way back to racing within 7 months of his injury, he also designed and built a prosthetic to help him preform on his bike. What Mike created he dubbed the the Moto Knee; A prosthetic which mimics the action of your quadricep muscles when engaged, while absorbing the shock from riding dirt bikes. Soon after the Moto Knee took off, so did Mike. In fact, the Moto Knee was so innovative that it led Mike to launch his company BioDapt which manufactures and sells the Moto Knee. It also launched him to consecutive Winter X Game gold medals in adaptive snow cross, a gold and silver medal in adaptive Super Cross and last year he took the podium by winning the ISOC national snow cross tour. And ever since Popular Science sited the Moto Knee as an innovative game changer for adaptive sports, it’s now being used across the board by adaptive athletes such as snowboarders, wake boarders, skateboarders, and the military just to name a few. So it’s safe to say that Mike’s perseverance and dedication to racing has changed the course for adaptive athletes on the track, as well as off the track.