Supported by

The Atlantic Selects

The Irrepressible Spirit of a Paralympic Snowboarder

Mar 17, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Vita Brevis Films

By the time the snowboarder Keith Gabel had his left leg amputated following an industrial accident, he had already experienced considerable trauma: childhood homelessness, parental drug abuse, and witnessing his stepfather’s suicide. Following the amputation, however, Gabel had only one question: “How soon can I snowboard?” Today, he holds multiple world championship titles and a goal of sharing his story through public speaking. In this short documentary, Gabel and his father reflect on how a lifetime of adversity has inspired him to succeed against all the odds.

For more on Gabel’s story, you can read the filmmakers’ account of what producing this short film was like.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to

Author: Greyson Korhonen

About This Series

A showcase of cinematic short documentary films, curated by The Atlantic.