Chairman of the (Snow) Board: Idaho's Nate Holland Awaits Third Olympic Competition


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It's a restless weekend for Idaho's Nate Holland as he awaits Monday, Feb. 17, when he'll take to the slopes over Sochi, Russia in his third Olympics. The Sandpoint snowboarder has represented the United States in every Winter Olympics since his specialty—snowboard cross—debuted in 2006. But his journey to Sochi has been rather improbable, after breaking his clavicle earlier this season.

"I'm hoping the third time's a charm," Holland told the Bonner County Daily Bee. "It means a lot to make three Olympics. The first one was amazing, the second one was just as amazing and the third one is surreal."

At 35 years old, Holland has won seven X Games gold medals in his sport, but has yet to step on an Olympic podium.

"An Olympic medal has eluded me," he told the Daily Bee. "But I'm going to stick to my guns and ride away, leave it all on the course."

But Idahoans who want to follow Holland's Sochi journey may want to adjust their alarm clocks.

Men's snowboard cross competition begins at Midnight, Mountain Time on Monday, Feb. 17, with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals set for approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning.