Day 1 is in the books. Our team had a chance to finally get back on the snow after some down time in Seoul. Everyone loved experiencing the culture and history of South Korea, enjoying traditional foods, visiting a folk village, hanging out with students from the Korean International School and putting in some face time with many of our sponsors and supporters. It was however time for everyone to strap in and get to work.
After a few runs, we had a chance to see all the different countries and what we were up against. Let me say that in 2013, the global community is bringing their A game! We are excited to have such great competition and being able to meet all of these athletes is a true honor. We have the greatest opportunity to participate with such amazing talent from all across the globe.
We got a chance to ride with Hannah Teter and her brother Amer today as well. For those of you who don’t know, Hannah is a multiple time Olympic gold medal winning pro snowboarder who has competed on the world stage for a very long time. She has also been a long time supporter of the Special Olympics on her local level in the state of Vermont. Hannah took some time out of her busy schedule to come ride with Team USA and some of the athletes from Germany and Italy. It was fun to see a huge group of people (over 30 we counted at one point!) cascading down the mountain hooting and hollering and smiling. A huge thank you goes out to Hannah and Amer Teter and the GOC for giving us such a special moment.
Team USA snowboarding would like to give a huge shout out to Mervin Manufacturing and K2 for giving us the tools to go fast and take chances. Much love sent Seattle’s way! Competition begins tomorrow. Go Team USA!