Seth Wescott, 37, the veteran snowboarder who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist considers his age an asset in the sport, and not a fear.
Since suffering from a major knee injury and undergoing reconstructive surgery last April, Wescott has done his best to defend his position in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which will begin February 2014. Although, recent reports of his bid in the Sochi games being in jeopardy - after he failed to qualify for the 48-man final Saturday at the FIS Snowboard World Cup events. However, he could be picked based on his past success. Wescott understands that in order to excel in the sport, he has to have the proper mindset. "Getting out there and still performing at my best against kids younger than me is a total mental thing," Wescott said.
Though winning gold is important to him, he recognizes the importance of having a quality performance in Sochi. "I want to be happy with the outcome. I know if I have a great performance, I'll be on the podium. I was incredibly lucky to have made history in this sport so far, but as I grow older in the sport, it becomes less about the end result and more about the process,” he said.
With his successful wins in 2006 and 2010, Wescott is the only person to have won an Olympic gold medal in snowboard cross. The event was initially introduced 2006 in Torino, Italy. He says, by enjoying the process, success follows him. "I'm not looking at Feb.18th and focusing solely on winning, I want to get healthy and perform at the highest possible level that I can," he said.
Wescott, who doesn't take for granted his success, says that there are three things he could not live without, and that's a camera to document his whereabouts, a good book to pass the time in-between training, and music to escape. He says that music is a motivator for him before training and competition.
His biggest fear isn't disqualifying in the Olympics but rather something else.
"[My fear is] forgetting to call on my mom's birthday. I love what I do, so I don't feel a lot of fear in my life. I've been so fortunate to follow the path that I've been on since I was a little kid. I also don't want to get killed in an avalanche. Sometimes, that possibility is there, and I may get exposed to that stuff. If I [were] scared to do it, I wouldn't do it every day," he said.
Seth Wescott is working with P&G and Vicks to continue to celebrate the Thank You, Mom program, which pulled on the heartstrings of millions during the London Games. As part of the Thank You, Mom campaign P&G is sponsoring the moms behind the athletes, as a tribute to the love and support they provide their children along their Olympic journey.
You can see read more about the campaign on their Facebook page, and view the “Raising an Olympian” videos on their YouTube channel.
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