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.
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.
I always tell people that our sports aren't that dangerous.
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.
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.
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