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Ross Powers

Hall of Fame Class of 2014

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Ross Powers had an extraordinary career in snowboarding competition and continues to this day to contribute to success of others who are following in his wake on the slopes.

He was the winner of the first medals by an American once snowboarding made it to the Olympics. During the course of his career as a competitor, Ross, would win just about every event that there was, while also demonstrating leadership and good sportsmanship to the benefit of all snowboarders.

He was only nine years old when he competed in his first U.S. Snowboarding Open. Six years later, he was first in the U.S. Nationals in the halfpipe event and earned a place on the U.S. national team. The next year saw his first World Cup win. There would be 23 World Cup podium achievements during his career. He won the FIS Halfpipe World Championship in 1996.

One of his career highlights was his bronze medal at the 1998 Olympics. It was the first American Olympic medal in snowboarding. Four year later at the Olympics in Park City, he won he gold in an event swept by the U.S. team. He was a dominant figure in the sport during this time, winning the Gravity Games and the World Championship in 2000. During his career, Ross, won just about every title possible. After moving from the halfpipe to boarder-cross in 2007, he saw the same success he was used to.

Ross, is just as successful his post competitive career. Since 2010, he has been the director for the Stratton Mountain Snowboard School leading his team to numerous Rev Tour victories and top World Cup results. Several of his athletes have made it to the U.S. snowboard team.

In 2013, he was the recipient for the Buddy Werner Award for his excellence as a competitor and leader in our sport. He had established the “Ross Powers Foundation” to help talented riders with funds for: education, travel and competition. This Level Field Fund has assisted dozens of athletes.

Career Highlights:

1996: Gold Medal, FIS World Championships
1998: Olympic bronze medal, Winter X Games double gold medalist
2000: Gold medalist, Goodwill Games, Gravity Games, World Championship
2002: Olympic gold medalist
2010 to present: Stratton Mountain School Snowboard Director
2013: Buddy Werner Award, Inducted into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

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