Nate Holland, Julie Solwold of Paul Mitchell, and Seth Wescott at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session and USANA Snowboardcross World Cup. (Sarah Brunson/USSA)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Jan. 10) – A brilliant team event victory at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session in Dec. has earned reigning Olympic snowboardcross gold medalist Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) and two-time Olympian Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) the U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Month award for December. The veterans won every heat at the Dec. 15 event en route to a thrilling final that featured a mid-run pass by Holland in the first leg which set up Wescott for a last second pass on the finish jump to clinch the victory. A day earlier, Wescott won the individual event at the USANA Snowboardcross Cup. Next up for Wescott and Holland the FIS World Cup tour heads to FIS World Snowboarding Championships January 18-27 at Stoneham Mountain Resort in Quebec.
Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) and Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) have been named to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Month for December, for their thrilling win at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session at Telluride, CO, part of the USANA Snowboardcross Cup.
Alpine skier Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) won the men's individual award for a pair of Dec. Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom victories.
A voting panel selected the athletes from a pool summer and winter Olympic sports with a portion of votes tallied through fans on Twitter.
The FIS World Championships take place Jan. 18-27 at Stoneham Mountain, Quebec and will feature Wescott and Holland, who finished second and third respectively at the 2011 FIS World Championships.
Back for the fourth consecutive year, the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and FIS snowboardcross NorAm will be at the Canyons Resort Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 2013, where Holland and Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) will seek to defend their national championship titles.
QUOTES Seth Wescott For me it’s a huge honor and more of a great return to sport. It’s hard to be away from what you truly love to do when its because of injury and to come back on home soil and win the individual World Cup, but then team up with Nate [Holland] the next day and go back to back it was a huge boost of confidence after a year on the couch. To be recognized as USOC team of the month is a great honor on top of it all and truly meaningful to be recognized from the action sports world over all the other amazing USOC sports out there. It’s really just nice to be back representing for U.S. Snowboarding again.
Nate Holland It is a true honor to be recognized in such an elite group of U.S. Olympic athletes. Having the opportunity to team up with one of my biggest competitors and friend Seth Wescott for the Team Snowboardcross was a blast. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season; it's been a great start already.