Athletes get on board to build the atmosphere

Snowboarding athletes stand on top of Cypress Mountain, seconds away from to the moment they've been training for - their shot at the gold medal win.

The men’s snowboarding cross event has 32 athletes competing down a track full of jumps, twists and turns, all with a group of spectators watching in anticipation below. A nerve-wracking experience!

The nail-biting audience watches as American Seth Wescott boards his way past Canadian Mike Robertson in the final run, landing Wescott a position at the top of the podium, just like he did in Turin four years ago.

The crowd went wild! “I thought it was awesome,” said 12 year-old Miles Silverman, a competitive snowboarder who came to Vancouver with his dad from Maine, USA, just to support Wescott.

“My favourite part was when Seth won,” Silverman said. “My dad got to give him a high-five.”

First-time Olympian, 24-year-old Robertson, admits his second place finish to be bittersweet. “Seth just pulled it out in the finish,” Robertson said. “Obviously I wanted to win for sure, but I’m happy to be second.”

As the two Olympians, who battled it out to the close finish, receive their honorary bouquets, the crowd begins to cheer as if it's all one team. And in that precise moment, the competitive atmosphere disappears.

By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter.

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