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It may be a while before Mike Schultz's daughter Lauren, 4, is hitting the slopes at a competitive level, but she already takes after her dad in a big way

By Jen Juneau
March 13, 2018 04:35 PM
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It may be a while before para snowboarder Mike Schultz‘s daughter Lauren, 4, is hitting the slopes at a competitive level, but she already takes after her dad in a couple of big ways.

“She’s always hungry,” the 36-year-old athlete — who just clinched gold in the snowboard-cross event during his Paralympic debut — told PEOPLE recently in a sit-down with Celeb Parents Get Real. “She’s always snacking.”

“The other most noticeable [way she takes after me] has gotta be the bullheadedness,” he admits. “The determined side of her. She won’t give up.”

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Schultz’s greatest wish for his daughter has nothing to do with his own career path — in fact, he just wants Lauren to pursue what makes her happy, and put in the effort to make it a reality.

“My biggest wish for her is to really enjoy what she’s doing as she’s growing up, and work hard for what she wants,” says Schultz, who lost his left leg following a 2008 accident during a competitive snowmobile event.

The Minnesota-born athlete tells PEOPLE that his proudest parenting moments have to do with watching Lauren’s skills and knowledge evolve as she gets older.

“That excitement that I can see when she learns something new and she’s experiencing it with me or I’m experiencing it with her — that’s priceless,” he says.