Seth Wescott

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Seth Wescott
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Personal information
Full name Seth Benjamin Wescott
Nationality American
Born (1976-06-28) 28 June 1976 (age 38)
Durham, North Carolina
Residence Carrabassett Valley, Maine
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Sport
Country United States
Sport Snowboarding
Event(s) Snowboard Cross

Seth Benjamin Wescott (born June 28, 1976) is an American snowboarder. He is a two-time Olympic champion in the snowboard cross.

Life and career[edit]

Wescott was born in Durham, North Carolina, and lives in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. His father Jim Wescott was the Track and Cross Country coach at Colby College. He began snowboarding at age 10, but had also grown up skiing. In 1989, after competing in both sports for a few years, he stopped skiing to focus mainly on snowboarding. Wescott attended Carrabassett Valley Academy where he studied and trained with fellow Olympians Bode Miller, Jeff Greenwood, Kirsten Clark and Emily Cook. He started out in Sugarloaf USA in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

In his Olympic debut, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, Wescott won gold in the snowboard cross [2] as the first Olympic champion in the event.[3] Having won gold, Wescott was invited to meet then president George W. Bush but turned down the offer, citing his opposition to Bush's foreign and domestic policies.[4] At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, Wescott successfully defended his Olympic gold.[5] Wescott, who started off the race in fourth, slowly advanced throughout the field until the end, when he narrowly defeated hometown favorite Mike Robertson on the final jump.[6]

Wescott co-owns The Rack, a restaurant and bar near Sugarloaf that caters food and drinks to skiers and snowboarders.

On February 25, 2010, Wescott appeared on The Colbert Report. In 2012, he participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seth Wescott". teamusa.org. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Lindsay Berra (February 17, 2006). "Wescott grinds through to reach first 'cross gold". ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ JENN MENENDEZ (February 17, 2006). "Boss of the 'cross". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.theskichannel.com/news/skinews/20100227/Seth-Wescott-on-The-Colbert-Report-admits-he-chose-not-to-meet-former-President-Bush-at-the-last-Olympics
  5. ^ "Wescott of U.S. wins snowboard cross gold". NBCSports.com. February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Deborah Charles (February 15, 2010). "Wescott grabs second snowboard cross gold". Reuters. Retrieved February 15, 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Hibberd, James (May 8, 2012). "Fox's 'The Choice' cast revealed! Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, The Situation, many more -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 

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