Gold medallist Seth Wescott of the USA reacts after his race in the final of the Snowboard Cross competition at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on, Feb. 16, 2006. Associated Press/Lionel Cironneau

Seth Wescott is already a two-time Olympic gold medalist, but the longtime Maine native is receiving another honor this weekend.

The 45-year-old who was born in Durham, North Carolina, but grew up in Farmington is being inducted into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, on Saturday.

Wescott will be enshrined as part of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

In a press release from September 2020 announcing the Class of 2020, Wescott was quoted as saying: “It’s a huge honor for me to have my career recognized for its body of work and years of dedication. I was fortunate to find something that was an all-consuming passion as a young kid and have ridden it further than I ever could have imagined. I have been able to live the Dream.”

Wescott began skiing and snowboarding in 1987 but focused on snowboarding when he attended Carrabassett Valley Academy in 1989.

Wescott focused on snowboardcross and won the first-ever gold medal in the discipline at the Winter Olympics. Snowboardcross made its debut at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and Wescott defended his gold medal at the 2010 games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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He’s also a seven-time X Games medalist, winning four silver medals and three bronze medals. He’s a 12-time World Cup medalist, winning the gold, silver, and bronze four times each. He’s a three-time national champion and has five Grand Prix podium finishes. He won the gold medal at the Mount Baker Banked Slalom Pro event in 2019 and 2020, while also winning silver in 2007.

Wescott co-owns Winterstick Snowboards, which builds custom snowboards, and also is the president of The Rack restaurant. Both businesses are located at Sugarloaf, where he began skiing and snowboarding. He currently lives in Whistler, British Columbia.

Wescott is one of six who will be inducted.
•  Brian Fairbank (owner of Jiminy Peak and Cranmore Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire)
•  Holly Flanders (Alpine skier on 1980 and 1984 US Olympic teams)
• Howard Peterson (Born in Presque Isle who helped get Salt Lake to get the 2002 Olympics and worked with or for multiple ski associations)
• Sherman Poppen (the inventor of the Snurfer, a precursor to the modern snowboard)
• Barbara Alley Simon (promoted skiing through TV appearances and fashion shows)

Another Sugarloaf-based skier, Kristean Porter, will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame later this month during a ceremony in Sun Valley, Idaho.


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