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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 PowersSport: SnowboradingCountry: USA
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.
My biggest competition wins were:1. Gold 2002 Olympics2. Two-time US Open Champion 1999 & 20033. Bronze 1998 Olympics4. Double X-Games gold slopestyle and halfpipe 1998
My family, my wife and two daughters. Also my foundation, which is called The Level Field Fund.
Sharing the 2002 podium with my USA teammates Danny Kass and JJ Thomas.
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.
Having today’s top youth athletes compete at a big venue, sharing the Games with other sports disciplines.
Attending all the competitions and practices I can. Also meeting today’s top youth athletes.
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.
I have many hobbies. I enjoy mountain biking, skateboarding, golf, motorcycling, camping, cards, wake surfing, surfing, and so on.
Best of luck to all the Youth Olympians this coming February.