Snowboard Cross: Seth Wescott

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Snowboard Cross: Seth Wescott

Postby GraysOnTrays » Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:13 pm

[A leader in men's snowboard cross for the U.S.]

Article 1:
Unusual suspect

When you think of the typical snowboarder, Shaun White, Hannah Teter and even Danny Kass come to mind. But you wouldn't expect a reserved, profound, clean-cut, soft-spoken guy like Seth Wescott.

Wescott has quietly climbed his way to the top of the punishing sport of snowboard cross. But after compiling dominating results, there is no way he can keep a low profile.

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Article 2 gives a reminder of the origins of the sport. Excerpts follow:

Farmington boarder evolved with sport
Blethen Maine Newspapers
Thursday, February 16, 2006

It's been a long journey to acceptance for Wescott. There were days in his youth when skiers would spit down at him from the chairlift at Sugarloaf. And he is from the first generation of boarders who were allowed down holdout mountains like Aspen in Colorado.

Wescott has been among the closest observers of snowboarding's rise from skater-boy hobby to mainstream phenomenon.

He admits the huge shift has been weird, considering the rebel start.

"It's a little bizarre," Wescott said. "You'd have people yelling from the chairlift, and it was adults a lot of the time. It was disheartening at times. I was a 10-year-old kid feeling prejudice from adults. In the early '90s there was a huge transition."
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