Nate Holland aims for a medal
The men's snowboard cross event at the XXII Olympic Winter Games at Sochi, which is scheduled for February 17, will for sure produce a brand new Golden face since 2006 and 2010 champion Seth Wescott didn't make the US roster. However, his team mate Nate Holland is up to step in.
Especially after Mr. X-Games has still a score to settle with the Olympics.
In 2010, he fall in the finals thus missing out the podium as fourth.
Four years later, he is ready for redemption. "It's been a huge motivating factor. When I want to walk out of the gym, all I have to do is remember that feeling at the bottom of the course when they asked me to step out of the crowd to do the podium ceremony,” Holland said when asked for a comment on his Vancouver result.
"An Olympic medal has been a goal of mine since 2004, when I heard that boardercross was going to be in the Olympics.
You always want what you don't have and that's the one medal in my trophy case that I don't have. So I'm going to be dropping the hammer - and the sickle,” the South Lake Tahoe resident added with reference to the hosting nation.
Most of all because the 2014 Games, his third Olympics, might be his last shot for a medal and thus his last chance to fulfil his dream:
"I enter this contest thinking that I might not have another chance, but I'm not looking four years down the road. I'm looking a week from today."
While looking forward, Holland is also ready for the format in which the finals will be held.
It's the first time that the Olympic SBX knock out rounds will be run in heats of six.
It's a format which could play in the hands of the experienced veteran since he has proven this season already that he is capable of waiting for the right time to pass.
"Racing a six-man race is a lot more complicated. The percentage goes up of someone messing up and taking you out.
As a veteran, the experience comes into play to keep yourself out of those messes”, the two-time World Champs Bronze medalist (2007 and 2011), who impressively came back from a collarbone fracture this season, said.