When the games begin at the Sochi Olympics this coming February, American snowboarder Seth Wescott will be looking to pull off the three-peat in snowboard cross.
The event, referred to as “Boarder-X” at the Winter X Games, made it’s Olympics debut in 2006 with Wescott taking home the inaugural gold medal. In the Vancouver games in 2010, he repeated as the gold medalist in the event. In Sochi, Russia, you have to believe he stands a good chance of winning his third straight gold medal.
Wescott was born in North Carolina, but now lives in Maine. As a young boy, he grew up skiing and snowboarding before making the full commitment to snowboarding in 1989. He trained in Maine with Olympians like Bode Miller and Emily Cook. Along with his Olympic dominance, he’s also picked up three silver medals and a gold in the FIS Snowboarding World Championships. In the Winter X Games, Wescott has taken home three silvers and a bronze medal.
In the 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships in Canada, Wescott somewhat underperformed. He finished 13th in the qualification round, but was knocked out in his 1/8 Final after finishing fourth, one spot too low to advance. It was just the second time in the past six world championships that he failed to medal.
It will be difficult for Wescott to pull of the three-peat this February, but not impossible. He’s coming off of a knee surgery and is 37-year old, not exactly young. Wescott told NBC’s Matt Lauer on the Today show this past December that 41-year old surfer Kelly Slater, who is still tearing it up, is his inspiration for the upcoming Olympic games. Wescott also said that he’s not just preparing for the Sochi games, but also the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
When the men take to the mountain for snowboard cross in the upcoming Olympic games, Seth Wescott will be looking to three-peat as the gold medalist in the event and prove that age is just a number.