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Seth Wescott Takes Snowboard Cross Gold

By February 16, 2010

Despite horrible weather and snow conditions that forced Olympic organizers in Vancouver to refund nearly $400,000 worth of spectator tickets, American Seth Wescott was able to battle the field Monday to defend his 2006 Gold medal, making him the only man to ever win Olympic Gold in Men's Snowboard Cross. Wescott is only the second American Winter Olympic athlete to win back-to-back  Gold medals in a single event, the other being speedskater Bonnie Blair, who won Gold in the 500 meters in 1988, 1992, and 1994.

Rain and warm weather forced the closure of a spectator viewing area for the Snowboard Cross event Monday, thanks to flooding and massive potholes that had developed. That same rain and warm weather turned the Snowboard Cross course into a slushy, bumpy version of a NASCAR track, something which none of the athletes particularly enjoyed.

Wescott came out of the gate slowly before overtaking Canadian (and hometown favorite) Mike Robertson late in the race to win the second Gold medal of the games for the United States. Along with multiple Olympic medals, Wescott is a three-time U.S. Champion, as well as the 2005 World Champion, and the owner of 8 Winter X-Games medals.

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