This year, the Snowboard Cross event has been added to the Winter Olympics. I actually had never heard of it, but I watched all the same.
I like the idea that it is a race. The favorite may not win because there are all these other variables. It is a head-to-head race, not just against the clock. You might get knocked down, bumped, crashed into, or any of the myriad of other things that might happen when people get to express their most desperate desire to win. In the men's competition, the favorite was an American named Seth Wescott.
Seth Wescott said before the race that he was excited about this event because he thought it would be a great way to introduce the next generation of snow boarders to the sport and help it's viability. He hope to inspire tomorrow's champions. He also felt it was important to win the first Gold Medal in this event and he set out to accomplish his goals.
He did. After several great races, he won the gold medal by winning the last race. That accomplished half his goal. The other half was accomplished when my 6 year old looked up at me and said, "I want to snowboard and go to the Olympics."