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Determination and Perseverance

02/15/2018 10:22AM ● By Alesha Damerville

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- Mick Dierdorff placed fifth in snowboardcross. He missed his start in the beginning of the race, knew he had to execute some passes farther down the course to catch up. Dierdorff carried a lot of speed into a jump between turns two and three and went deep, wiping out. He was able to get back up and crossed the finish line in third to make the big final.

“From when I was 12 years old starting this sport, I've always been told that the race is never over - when you go down you get back up and finish,” said Olympic first-timer Dierdorff. “That paid off today and I got into the final heat of the Olympics.” 

“I go out here every day to try and win the race,” said Dierdorff. “I know how proud all my supporters are. Coming down to the finish and getting to see all my friends and family who came out here, I don't know if I've had a better feeling in my life. That made it all worth it.”

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