Spoiler alert: Men’s snowboard cross is complete at Sochi. This sport where the US, and specifically Seth Wescott from Sugarloaf Maine, held the title winning Gold in the two previous Olympics, is no longer an American dominated venue. US Alex Deibold took bronze, with France’s Pierre Vaultier getting the Gold and Russian Nikolay Olyunin earning Silver. Among our US men Trevor Jacob was 9th, Nate Holland and Nick Baumgartner did not make the finals. The race conditions were soggy at Sochi’s Rosa Khutor for the snowboard cross.
This facebook post by the former Olympic SBX champ Seth Wescott made me teary as Bode Miller. So I thought I would share this gracious Sugarloafer’s ode to the Olympics he wrote before the Sochi SBX event.
“Eight years ago I had an amazing day in my life that changed my life forever.. I was able to wave my grandfather Ben Wescott’s World War Two service flag before all the world because I had fallen in love with snowboarding as a child and I embarked on a journey to follow my dreams as far as they would take me.. I never dreamed that I would reach such heights and it has been an amazing journey indeed. Tonight is the last night I will go to sleep as the current Olympic champion. And tomorrow I will awake and watch the race unfold in Sochi and see who the next champion will be. It has been an amazing eight years and a true honor to carry this title. I wish all the snowboarders in Russia to have a great race tomorrow and to truly enjoy the moment. Snowboarding has given me everything I have in my life and I am so truly thankful for my friends and the journeys and all the memories.. Thank you all for everything you have given me back.. It’s been a great privilege.. Thanks.” Seth Wescott.