Mick Dierdorff

November 08, 2019

 

Throughout my athletic career and personal life, coaches, colleagues, friends and family have described me as a humble, hardworking, loyal friend with a big heart. They would also tell you that I had a passion for competition at a young age. Growing up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado was the perfect place to focus that passion on winter sports. At age of 10, I had fallen in love with snowboarding and had my first taste of victory in a Boardercross event at age 12. After experiencing success in my early years, I knew I would do whatever it takes to be the best in the sport of Snowboardcross. That goal has taken me on the most amazing journey: traveling and competing around the world on my snowboard. It has been a journey full of ups and downs. Early in my career I learned how expensive it was to fund the life of an elite athlete competing around the world, which led to me working as a carpenter, framing homes in the off-season. Working so hard in the offseason to fund my dream of becoming an Olympian taught me a lot of lessons that I applied to life and competition. Most importantly would be the grit, determination, and perseverance I learned that helped me push through the difficult moments in my career. At age 28, I have become a double World Champion, and fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Olympian. My recent success has made me hungry for more and I feel like I am just getting started. With the upcoming season right around the corner, I have my sights set on the top of the podium. In the longer term I am really looking forward to competing in World Champs in 2021 as the reigning World Champion, and following that up with a shot at my 2nd Olympics in 2022 in China. 

 



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