High Rock-sponsored athlete (and old family friend, and inspiration to my youngest son), Darren Gardner, put in a fabulous race on the Alpine World Cup circuit in Rogla, Slovenia last weekend. This coming weekend is another World Cup race in Bulgaria.
Darren came in 14th at Rogla and is quite happy with his progression during the season so far. As we head into the 2018 Winter Games in Korea, his focus is singular....the podium. At this stage, he is the number 1 Canadian on the World Cup circuit, taking over the mantle form Jasey Jay Anderson, who won Gold in the Parallel Giant Slalom in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Next year is Darren's turn.
High Rock is proud to help Darren achieve his goals, and that of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Own The Podium. At this stage, and with Darren's performance so far, he has been able to secure a snick more funding from Sport Canada (but I can guarantee it ain't enough...so if you love snowboarding and want to help a world class athlete and Olympic Medal hopeful, contact Darren at: darrengardner.ca/#feed)
Check out Darren's website (above) for some cool pictures of him ripping it up. Here is one for now...need a well-tuned board to do that. Not even sure why he waxes the base.
And this is really friggin hard, let me tell you. In fact, my periodontist in Burlington just asked me today if I do this sport or have tried it. The answer was "no and yes". Tried once and concussed myself for four days. Just an avid spectator and supporter.