Leindecker to compete in elite snowboard training program

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Despite having half of his leg amputated, Calob Leindecker was the holder for Parkview Baptist his senior season. Photo from CalobLeindecker.com.

Calob Leindecker, the 21-year-old below-the-knee amputee from Prairieville, has been accepted into an elite snowboard training program in Copper Mountain, Colo. The program, operated by nonprofit Adaptive Action Sports, Inc., is designed to prepare Leindecker to compete for a spot on the 2014 US Para-snowboard Team.

You may remember Leindecker as the Parkview Baptist High School football player who lost his leg while helping a friend free his pickup truck from a muddy bog. In 2009, his senior year, he was back on the field to hold kicks.

For his effort and determination, he was awarded the first Rudy Ruettiger award for the most inspirational high school football player in the country. Leindecker has become an inspirational role model for grade and high school students. He spreads his message of courage and determination through speeches to youth audiences. "You can take my leg, but you can't take my heart," he says.

He began snowboarding last snow season. His talent for snowboarding was immediately evident. At the invitation of Adaptive Action Sports, Leindecker spent a good part of last snow season learning the basics of adaptive boarderX racing. His success is obvious in the fact that he is now the USASA National Champion in Adaptive BoarderX Snowboarding.

This year, he will be one of four civilian elite para-snowboard trainees in an intensive program initiated this fall by Adaptive Action Sports. In keeping with the AAS training program, Leindecker will train more than 20 hours per week on the snow supplemented by a minimum of 10 additional hours in dry-land cross-training.

"I am stoked to have been accepted into the AAS training program. My goal," Calob explains, "is to be selected for the first US Para-Snowboard Team, which will compete for gold in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. I want to be there to help the US bring home gold."

A fund has been set up to help him finance his training. Donations for this purpose can be channeled to Leindecker through the AAS website at www.adacs.org. Sponsorships are available as well by contacting Nancy Gale at 360-820-9268.