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Ross Powers Inducted Into Hall of Fame

April 16, 2015

 

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Ross Powers Inducted into the US Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame….

On the biggest day of his competitive life, Ross Powers was surprised to find his mother and brother in the gathering crowd during practice on the Olympic halfpipe in Park City, Utah.

“Good to see you guys,” he told them. “What are you doing tonight?”

Nancy Powers didn’t miss a beat.

“We’re going to the medals ceremony!” she gushed.

Her snowboarder son laughed and said, “Oh, yeah.”

By that evening, Powers was indeed standing atop the medals podium. And from that perch he could see his sport — once a bother to traditionalist skiers making their way down the slopes of America’s resort mountains — turning into the hottest thing on snow.

Now 36, the 2002 gold medalist feels like something of the grand old man of snowboarding with his induction into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame during ceremonies April 11 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Ross Powers receives his gold medal in the men’s halfpipe snowboarding at the medal awards ceremony at the Olympic Medals Plaza during the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 11, 2002 in Salt Lake City.

“I think about the legends and my heroes growing up,” he said. “This is an amazing honor.”

 

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