Twenty-one year old Michael Nevin of Manchester sat down recently with his friend Ross Powers—who just happens to be the Olympic Gold Medal Halfpipe Champ—to talk snowboarding and a few other things. This is the second time Nevin has “interviewed” Powers. The first was Nevin’s publication The Journal, which he describes as an “open book”, in which people in the snowboard/skateboard/music/art arenas can communicate with each other. This time for STRATTON Magazine, Nevin’s mission was to do an unconventional interview with the local star for all the rest of us. Continue reading to see what unfolded in their casual conversation.
The Man Behind the Medal
Just after eight AM on March 22, an exhausted Ross Powers sits in Partridge in the Pantry, a deli at the base of Stratton Mountain. It is only a short time after Ross won the Gold Medal in Salt Lake City and the first day after the U.S. Open in which he finished eighth in the halfpipe. It’s obvious that the post-medal celebrations, appearances, and media invasion of his life have caught up with him. Yet he keeps on kicking. Between bites of an egg and cheese sandwich, Ross is signing contracts with his agent, talking with representatives of the Ross Powers Foundation and fielding autograph hunters. Read more…