Some people attach snowboards to their feet, very few attach them to their souls.
I think the way to become the best is to just have fun.
If skating got into the Olympics, I would be tempted to hold off on shredding for a year and just skate, to make that my new goal. In that sport, I'm still the underdog.
I knew there was a certain level that I could get to within the sporting world. But as I continued with my career, not only did I grow, but the sport grew. All of a sudden, all of these doors opened to me. It's been amazing. I guess I was born at the right time.
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
What does it mean to be a snowboarder? It's about having fun, with your friends or by yourself. It's about pushing yourself to try new things and do the unexpected. Finally, and most importantly, it's about being creative.
I love the sport of snowboarding so much, but I just don't want to talk about it, ever.
I've got to stand up for the sport.
I always tell people that our sports aren't that dangerous.
On snowboarding as an Olympic sport: Since I was 6 years old I've been in the mix and watching this grow and change. I never would have expected it to go this far.
What drives me now is the fact that I feel like I still have so many tricks that I want to learn and so many things that I can still do. And so many cool things outside of sports that I have been doing.
I don't think the sport is any more dangerous than it's ever been.
I've always been a guy who wants to play sports, not watch them.
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