I know not all of you are sports fans, and I have to admit, I don’t really *follow* snowboarding, but there is something about the Olympics that just gets me so pumped! I get so into it, I’m in my living room jumping up and down and cheering like a crazy person. OK I’m not so crazy that I would paint USA on my stomach and go running around in the snow, but I still get pretty excited.
It’s been a great Olympics for the U.S. Snowboarders. Shaun White took Gold in the Men’s halfpipe, and Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark went 2,3 in the Women’s halfpipe. We had a chance to talk to Hannah before the Olympics started. It turns out she’s really big into saving the world. How cool!
Somewhere really far away from snowboarding, in a country you’ve probably never been to, down a road you’ll probably never travel down, there’s a town you’ve probably never heard of. Thanks to Hannah’s charity, Hannah’s Gold, that town, Kirindon, Kenya has clean drinking water and a higher quality of life. After she won a gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Hannah started a charity called Hannah’s Gold which has raised more than $60,000 for this village. On top of that, Hannah donates all her contest winnings to the charity.
Q: What is your most memorable experience snowboarding?
Hannah: I have been provided with so many memorable experiences, it is tough to narrow it down. One funny one that stands out was when I was a crazy teen (would never think of doing this now!) and was at my second X-Games in Aspen. I had this intelligent idea of doing a victory lap wearing only my jersey in the 0 degree night pipe contest. Everything went great besides the face plant on my last hit.
Q: What has been, hands down, your scariest experience on a snowboard?
Hannah: Getting landed on, squashed, and broken by an oversized Japanese man at a World Cup in Japan.
Q: What would a 2010 Olympic Gold Medal mean to you?
Hannah: It would mean feeding a lot more hungry babies in the third world countries, and creating bigger opportunities to work with programs that make a lasting difference in the lives of those that are under-privileged and suffering greatly.
Well, she didn’t win gold, but that is not stopping her from continuing with her awesome charity work! Hannah is still working to raise money to help people all over the world.
Photo by: Todd Korol/Reuters/Landov