Many of us have been following the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which began on February 8th and here in the PNW we’re all about winter sports! In fact, there are a handful Olympic athletes competing in this year’s games.
Ben Ferguson, Bend: Snowboarding
Ferguson began his snowboarding career early and competed in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Austria, 2012 for slopestyle and won gold. Later he won a silver medal at the 2016 Winter X Games superpipe. Early in the 2018 games, he competed in the superpipe with competitors like the illustrious Shaun White, where Ferguson finished just shy of a medal in 4th place.
Tommy Ford, Bend: Alpine skiing
Ford gained his amazing alpine skiing skills as a regular at Mt. Bachelor. He is an 8-time national champion and competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, where he placed 26th. In Pyeongchang, Tommy finished 20th in giant slalom.
Laurenne Ross, Bend: Alpine skiing
Ross moved to Klamath Falls as a kid and trained at Mt. Bachelor. She finished 2nd in the 2013 World Cup downhill race, which led her to her first Winter Olympics Sochi, 2014 where she placed 11th. This year in the Super G she’s placed 15th.
Sam Michener, Gresham: Bobsled
Michener is a former football and track star from Barlow High School, where he graduated in 2007. He went on to the University of Idaho competing in sprinting before turning his attention to the bobsled in the spring of 2012 and he moved up the ranks quickly.
Asa Miller, Portland: Alpine skiing (representing the Philippines)
Miller is a Lincoln High School senior currently, with dual citizenship. He has competed in the Junior World Championships, but this is his first Olympic game.
Kent Callister, Bend, Snowboarding (representing Australia)
Originally from Austrailia, Callister moved to central Oregon at a young age where he had most of his snowboarding training. He competed in the 2014 Sochi Olympic halfpipe competition, placing 9th. At the 2015 Wolrd Cup at Park City, Utah he placed 3rd and at this Olympic halfpipe competition, he placed 10th.
We are stoked to see Oregon represent our winter sports skills! Let us know if we missed any updates and please share what your favorite Winter Olympic sport is!