Winter Olympics 2014: 10 Interesting Facts About Seth Wescott
10 Interesting Facts About Seth Wescott
American snowboarder Seth Wescott will be competing in his third Olympics at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia this month. The chance that the veteran snowboarder will return to the Olympic Games in 2018 is slim to none, which means he is going to do everything in his power to bring home a third gold medal.
It wasn’t long ago that Wescott tore his ACL and broke his tibia on a dangerous mountain in the Alaskan wilderness. At 40 miles per hour, Wescott went airborne and landed in a 40-foot crevasse. The horrific injury nearly ended his career. However, nine months later, Wescott is ready to compete in Sochi for one last Olympic gold medal.
Many wondered why Wescott would even risk going down a trail on an abandoned mountain deep in the wilderness in which the only way to get there is by helicopter. Wescott, on the other hand, has no regrets and would do it again if he had to, just maybe have been a little more careful.
"I don't think I would be able to still be on the world tour all the time if I didn't take the time to freeride every year," Wescott said, according to Sports Illustrated. "It's, for me, the thing that really allows me to reconnect with the soul of the sport and why I love doing it. It recharges me and gives me energy to go back and refocus on the competitive side of the sport."
Hopefully, that recharged energy will do wonders for him over the next few weeks. Check out 10 interesting facts about Wescott in the ensuing slideshow.
10. First Man to Win Gold Medal in Snowboard Cross
Wescott became the first man to win an Olympic gold medal in snowboard cross, which was an event that was first held at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. He would then go on to win another gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in the same event. This makes him the only man alive to win an Olympic gold medal in the event.
9. Defending Gold Was No Easy Task
It didn’t look like Wescott was going to be able to defend his gold medal at the 2010 Winter Games. He began the race in fourth place, but he steadily made his move to the front of the pack. It wasn’t until the final jump that Wescott took the lead, which gave him the win over hometown hero Mike Robertson.
8. Began Snowboarding at a Relatively Young Age
The 37-year-old began snowboarding at the age of 10 years old. Like most snowboarders when they were younger, he also skied. However, he decided to focus on just snowboarding when he was 13 years old, which clearly paid off.
7. Trained with Other Olympians
Wescott studied at Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine. It is there where he trained with Olympians Bode Miller, Jeff Greenwood, Kirsten Clark and Emily Cook.
6. Parents Worked at Colleges
Wescott’s father had a job as the Track and Cross Country coach at Colby College in Maine, while his mother teaches at the University of Maine at Farmington. This is a big reason why Wescott has been known to pass on information to others about snowboarding quite easily.
5. Declined to Meet the President
Wescott was given the opportunity to meet President George W. Bush after he won his first Olympic gold medal. However, he declined because he didn’t approve of Bush’s policies.
4. Restaurant Owner
Wescott owns a restaurant called The Rack with a buddy. It’s located near Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine. The purpose of the restaurant is to provide food and beverages for snowboarders and skiers at the ski resort.
3. Appeared on a Dating Game Show
In 2010, Wescott appeared on the FOX dating game show The Choice. The reality television show lasted just six episodes. However, Wescott did appear on the second episode with fellow celebrities Joe Jonas, Michael Catherwood and Parker Young.
2. Respect for Stephen Colbert
During an interview on The Colbert Report, Wescott allowed host Stephen Colbert to wear the Olympic gold medal that was achieved in snowboard cross around his neck. On top of that, Wescott gave Colbert a Burton snowboard with an image of the comedian imprinted on it.
1. Has a Cat Named Little, Dog Named Monster
Wescott has been known to spend his rare free time catching up on books, hanging out with his cat Little, and dog Monster.