Winter Olympics 2010 Team USA: Men's Snowboarding

On January 25, 2010, only a few weeks before the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the US Snowboarding team was announced by the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). 18 American athletes have hopes held high as they prepare and train for perhaps the biggest event of their lives. Go Team USA!

Men's Snowboarding

There are 10 male riders representing America in the Olympics. Six of them are former Olympians. The men's snowboarding team holds some of the best talent ever seen in the sport. From halfpipe to boardercross to giant slalom, the competition is bound to be exciting with such talented athletes as Chris Klug, Seth Wescott, and Shaun White.

Greg Bretz, 19

Greg Bretz may be the youngest guy on the team, and the second youngest rider, but he still has what it takes to be a top athlete. He won a World Cup in 2008. Greg was chosen above J.J. Thomas (Olympic bronze medalist) to complete the 2010 Olympic team.

Greg has been snowboarding since he was five years old. His dad used to work at Mammoth Mountain, and snowboarding has been a huge part of Greg’s life. Recently, Greg was in a snowboarding film entitled “Hot Laps” along with Olympian Danny Kass.

Scotty Lago, 22

Scotty Lago is sure to impress with his track record. He has won numerous medals in halfpipe, quarterpipe, and slopestyle, including the silver in slopestyle at the 2009 X Games. In 2004, Scotty was crowned the last World Quartpipe Champion, as the event was cancelled after that year. Vancouver 2010 will be his first Olympics.

 

Scotty grew up in the wet snows of New Hampshire, and he enjoys hunting and fishing when he’s not on his board. Snowboarding as a career has taken Scotty around the world and back.

 

Louie Vito, 21

Louie Vito is one of the biggest names right now in snowboarding. He was named overall champion at the Grand Prix events of 2008 and 2009. Will Louie be the ultimate challenger of reigning Shaun White? Only time and the Olympics will tell.

Louie grew up riding in Ohio with his supportive father. Like many other pro riders and Olympians, Louie attended Stratton Mountain School in Vermont where he honed his skills as a snowboarder. Expanding his horizons, Louie recently performed on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in Season 9, lasting until week 6.

Shaun White, 23

What would a snowboarding competition be without Shaun White? Shaun has dominated his sport for years and remains the most recognizable figure in snowboarding. He brought home the gold in the 2006 Olympics and hopes to defend the title in 2010. A professional skateboarder as well, Shaun has won innumerable medals at the X Games and other competitions.

Known affectionately as “The Flying Tomato”, Shaun was born with a heart defect for which he had two surgeries when he was a baby. But his early struggles didn’t slow him down any, as he started snowboarding when he was six years old and turned pro at just 13. Ever since, Shaun has become a symbol of snowboarding. Shaun sets the bar of the competition with his progressive tricks and style. Shaun recently had his own private halfpipe built so he could intensely train and practice new tricks, resulting in the impressive Double McTwist.

wow ... seriously

SBX (Snowboard Cross or Boardercross)

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Nick Baumgartner, 28

Nick Baumgartner, a long-time athlete, is bringing lots of experience to this year’s Olympics. He has a World Cup and a bronze medal from the World Championships under his belt.

 

Growing up in Michigan, Nick loved the cold. Nick may be making history with snowboarding, but he is an athlete all around. Before competing in snowboarding professionally, Nick was a wrestler, a hurdler, and a college football player. He also likes to race in demolition derbies.

 

Nate Holland, 31

One of the fastest riders out there, Nate Holland has won a bronze medal at the World Championships and four gold medals at the X Games. In 2006, Nate competed at the Torino Olympics, but failed to reach the podium.

 

Nate grew up in Idaho and now lives in Squaw Valley, California. The past couple of years, Nate has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit the American troops.

 

Graham Watanabe, 27

Graham Watanabe is another rider from the 2006 Olympics. He has a silver medal from X Games and three World Cups.

 

Another Idaho native, Graham now rides from his base in Park City, Utah. His father got Graham started snowboarding, and he continues to be his inspiration.

 

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Seth Wescott, 33

Seth Wescott is back for more, having won the gold medal in Snowboardcross in Torino 2006. One of the most experienced riders, Seth has been snowboarding competitively for almost 20 years. He has many medals from X Games, the World Cup, and the World Championships.

 

Seth is from Maine, but snowboarding has taken him to the top of the world...literally. Every year, Seth makes trips to Alaska to board down the pristine, untouched mountain faces.

 

did someone tell him that this was fun?

PGS (Parallel Giant Slalom)

Tyler Jewell, 32

Tyler Jewell was an Olympian in 2006, being selected over veteran Chris Klug to represent the USA.

From Massachusetts, Tyler put snowboarding aside when he attended Boston College to get his degree in human development. But now Tyler is back on his board and getting prepared for his second Olympics.

Chris Klug, 37

The oldest rider on Team USA, Chris Klug has already made plenty of Olympic history. He competed at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, returning medal-less. In 2000, Chris survived a liver transplant and rejoined the Olympic team in 2002, winning the bronze medal. He was the first athlete to win a medal after having a transplant.

Chris was born in beautiful snowy Vail, and was interested in sports at an early age. Skateboarding was what started him on snowboarding. Today, Chris continues to share his story of survival with the world.

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Awesome rea as we here in Canada will be hosting this year and we are looking forward to having all the participants and spectators...will be a fun time...Great Hub...

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Quill, thanks for taking the time to come by. I only wish I could go to Canada too! The Olympics are an exciting time, and I'm sure Vancouver must be great.


KYLE BERRY 6 years ago

I love the winter olympics.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for reading, Kyle! I love the winter olympics too and can't wait until they start!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow, Rose West. You did it again. What a perfect compliment to your other HubMob Hub! Excellent work. I don't think the rest of the world stands a chance against Team USA!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, Dohn. As always, I really appreciate you reading and commenting! When it comes to snowboarding, Team USA is hard to beat.


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screation 6 years ago

Men's Snowboarding is a lot like a race down a racetrack. The participants begin at the top of a large hill and wind their way down at a high rate of speed. The first to cross the finish line wins. They pass each other, sometimes fly off the track, and sometimes even fall. You never know who will win, and disaster can strike at any time.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Good analogy, screation! Men's Snowboarding is very unpredictable. And it's such a fastly progressing sport. Thanks for reading!


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doitrightnow 6 years ago from San Juan, PR

Wow, what a rush! Makes me remember the days when I used to sled and snowboard on the hills in Wisconsin. Nothing like this, but still ... Now I live in a part of the country where it never snows ... sucks. Miss the winter like crazy. Thanks for posting this article and giving me a taste of winter here in the Caribbean.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for reading, doitrightnow. I know where you're coming from ... I miss the snow too! But nobody seems to get that. Anyhow, I'm glad you came by.


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FarmTipsnTricks 6 years ago from http://farmvilletipsntricks.webs.com/

I can't even wait


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Me neither!


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martycraigs 6 years ago

I really enjoy the media within your post, i.e. the videos, poll, etc. Very nice to read about these players. I've always enjoyed watching snowboarding during the winter Olympics. I actually have tried the sport myself a few times, but have had relatively little success. Have to say I'm a much better skier.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm glad you enjoyed this, martycraigs! It was a lot of fun to put together. Snowboarding is hard to do at first; I think it's harder to learn than skiing. But once you get it, it's so much more fun than skiing ... well, that's just my opinion :)


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vernongetzler 6 years ago from Kanpur

awesome post


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for stopping by, vernongetzler!


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Albertttt 6 years ago

Very good and interesting hub.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for reading, Albertttt. I'm glad you enjoyed!


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salt 6 years ago from australia

Awesome. Its been fantastic watching the Winter Olympics. Im an Australian watching from Melbourne and loving the amazing show. The snowboarding was amazing... Good luck to your team and go aussie go!!!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

salt, it has been fun watching the Olympics so far. I can't wait until the halfpipe competition though. Team Australian has its own fair share of talented snowboarders, including the one and only Torah Bright!


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jtstunner 6 years ago

great hub,it is good to see more people taking serious interest in snowboarding


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for coming by, jtstunner! Snowboarding is definitely on the rise. The men's halfpipe event tonight was pretty impressive! And Shaun White's victory lap ... wow =)


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Cayden Ryan 6 years ago from Strasburg

All I can say is.... Shaun White!!!!!!!

The man is a beast!


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Very interesting. Thank you


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

great hub! love to watch snowboarding, so exciting to see them beating their personal best scores, the half-pipe finals last night were so impressive, you just feel bad when they mess up! thanks for highlighting the sport here! :]


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Cayden Ryan, Shaun White did it again! He rides like no one else.

buy zovirax, thank you for reading! I'm glad you found it interesting.

rebekahELLE, watching the halfpipe last night was amazing. I felt bad for Greg Bretz though, and for Louie Vito. But they still are great riders, and maybe we'll see them the next Olympics.


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shareitt 6 years ago

i'm with cayden...Shaun White baby!! Yah gotta love the air he gets! great hub, thanks :>


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

shareitt, I know, Shaun White never ceases to impress. I loved how he went all out on his second run, even though he didn't have to. Thanks for coming by!


cosette 6 years ago

and a fine team it is! (luv Shaun White). thank you for this comprehensive and excting hub! :)


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi cosette, Thanks for coming by to read! It is a great team, and Shaun White just has it! And now he really has it, with his second gold medal.


Lauren P. 6 years ago

which one of the men's USA snowboarders is dating their fellow USA teammate on the women's team?


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Lauren P., I believe it is Greg Bretz who is dating fellow snowboarder Elena Hight. Thanks for coming by!


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MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

White was in a class by himself. A pure joy to watch!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

MikeNV, I sometimes get annoyed when Shaun White gets so much news coverage, but you know he kinda deserves it.


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Jersey Jess 6 years ago from USA

Shaun White all the way!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Jersey Jess, Shaun White sure did go all the way, yet again!


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evan26 6 years ago

Shaun whites gold medal run was awesome in the halfpipe


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

evan26, it was pretty amazing to watch! His gold medal run was the best, especially when he pulled that huge trick at the end.


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Thanks so much for rating me up!


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

Shaun White was just sick! What a pleasure to watch, it almost made up for the heartbreaking hockey loss (well, maybe not quite).


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

lender3212000, Shaun White's victory was a highlight of the Olympics. So glad I was able to watch it on TV! At least the US hockey team gave it their best!


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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Wow! The first 2 guys are pretty young compared to the others. Perhaps they'll have a better chance since they're younger, but I guess they'd have less experience too. Great hub!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, many of the Olympic snowboarders are quite young, but they've been riding for most of their lives. So they have both experience and youthful agility. Thanks for coming by!


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cinder03vp 5 years ago

Awesome post!


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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I met Scotty Lago at High Cascade Snowboard Camp summer of 2008. He's a great guy! He admired my hologram glasses; he even interviewed me for the FRENDS site! Congratulations, Scotty Lago, on winning the Bronze!

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