Meet the Athlete Role Model: Ross Powers
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a list of Athlete Role Models (ARMs) who will support the young athletes going to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games from 12 to 21 February 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. They are presented individually through a short interview. Today: Ross Powers.
Name: Ross Powers
How and why did you start your sport?
My mom works at Bromley Mountain. I saw lift attendants trying snowboarding around the same time I saw snowboarding in skateboard magazines. I tried a friend’s Backhill in his back yard. Then my mom bought a snowboard for my brother and me to share for Christmas. From that rainy day at Bromley on, I was hooked.
What achievements are you most proud of in your sporting career?
My biggest competition wins were:
1. Gold 2002 Olympics
2. Two-time US Open Champion 1999 & 2003
3. Bronze 1998 Olympics
4. Double X-Games gold slopestyle and halfpipe 1998
What achievements are you most proud of outside your sporting career?
My family, my wife and two daughters. Also my foundation, which is called The Level Field Fund.
Favourite moment at the Olympics? A special memory of one of your participations?
Sharing the 2002 podium with my USA teammates Danny Kass and JJ Thomas.
What made you want to participate in the Youth Olympic Games?
To see today’s top youth athletes compete in their sport. Also sharing what I've learned during my career to possibly help them with theirs.
What do you like most about the Youth Olympic Games concept?
Having today’s top youth athletes compete at a big venue, sharing the Games with other sports disciplines.
What are you looking forward to the most in Lillehammer 2016?
Attending all the competitions and practices I can. Also meeting today’s top youth athletes.
What’s next for you in your career?
I will continue to run the snowboard programme at Stratton Mountain School in Vermont USA, working with athletes and helping them to achieve their goals.
What are your hobbies?
I have many hobbies. I enjoy mountain biking, skateboarding, golf, motorcycling, camping, cards, wake surfing, surfing, and so on.
Anything else you want to add?
Best of luck to all the Youth Olympians this coming February.