Road To The Olympics (1/14/13)

 Chas Guldemond Jumps
 Chas Guldemond Jumps

Hello, Chas Guldemond here, this is my first blog documenting the year before the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Snowboarding has been my life and work for the last seven years and I am grateful for all of the amazing places I have been able to see and the inspirational people I have had the pleasure of meeting along the way.

I got my start in action sports at the age of 4; I was riding dirt bikes and skateboarding until I got my first snowboard when I was 8. I was a high energy kid and being active kept me busy and out of trouble most of the time. I was always building ramps and jumps, trying to get air whether I was riding dirt bikes, skating or snowboarding. Having great energy outlets was very positive for me. When I was 9 I started competing in local USASA snowboard competitions and I haven't stopped competing since. I worked hard in the summers to help pay for my travels and my family played a huge role in making sure I was able to compete and train. I attended Waterville Valley Academy during the winters for high school, which is where I had the honor of first being coached by my now U.S team coach Bill Enos.

Before I finished high school I knew that I wanted to make snowboarding my career, or at least try to. I finished high school early to move out west so that I could focus on being the best snowboarder I could be. When I got to Tahoe is when things really picked up for me. I sold energy drinks to pay for groceries and hitchhiked to Northstar every day for a whole winter. I lapped the Northstar park religiously, just having fun and working on tricks. In the spring of 2006 my hard work paid off, I landed on the podium at the Vans Cup and got a second place at the U.S. Open. After that I was able to start filming for Standard Films and picked up sponsors who made it possible for me to travel the world and compete for a living.

Over the last seven years I have had the honor of standing on every major podium in snowboarding. I have competed in over 125 professional-level contests. I have the support of the best sponsors in the industry and I have been able to meet many incredible people during my travels around the world. When I found out about the inclusion of slopestyle snowboarding in the Sochi Winter Games I definitely made it a goal of mine to make it to the Olympic team and represent my country. I am excited about making the most out of the journey along the way and I will definitely be giving my best effort at earning an Olympic medal. I am honored to be a member of the first United States Slopestyle Team and I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I am sure it will be a long road of ups and downs over the next year so I will be keeping you all posted here on my blogs, so stay tuned.