Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs High School senior Mick Dierdorff, pictured at Gardner Field during the football season, will be competing at a snowboardcross World Cup event Feb. 28 and qualified for the Junior World Championships in Japan.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Steamboat Springs Things can't get much better for Steamboat Springs High School senior Mick Dierdorff.
In the past month, his snowboarding career and life have started to come together.
He was accepted into the University of Colorado on Tuesday, and on the snowboardcross tour, he's setting himself up as one of the brightest young stars in the country.
"I'm loving life," Dierdorff said. "I'm so excited how the year is going for me snowboarding. I'm so relieved I got into college. It's all I've been thinking about the last couple of months. Things are as good as they can be."
Dierdorff has spent the past month at snowboarding events across Colorado, California and Canada, proving he's one of the top up-and-coming snowboardcross competitors in the U.S.
In January, he won a NorAm event at Copper Mountain that qualified him for a World Cup in Sunday River, Maine, at the end of February. The win also qualified him for the Junior World Championships in Japan the first week of March.
Since the events conflict, Dierdorff will attend the World Championships in Japan.
While Dierdorff wanted to go to the World Cup - a goal he had since the beginning of the season - he said after discussing it with his coaches, he realized the Junior World Championships in Japan would be better for him.
Either way, Dierdorff's recent performances have vaulted him onto the national scene. Dierdorff currently sits second in the NorAm standings and is at the top of the Junior World Championships rankings.
"I want to win," Dierdorff said. "I've got to beat a lot of foreign guys. I know I can do it. I'm capable of it; it's just a matter of if I have a good day. I'm not really nervous. I mean it's really fun to be excelling so fast and to be ahead of some older guys. I'm loving it. It's so much fun."
At CU, Dierdorff will take part in a program that allows him to take time off from school and train from December through March. In that time, he'll train in hopes of making the Olympics.
While Dierdorff admits the 2010 games are a long shot, the 2014 winter games in Russia are a real possibility - and where Dierdorff said he'd like to accomplish his biggest goal of all.
"Long term, I really want to win a gold in the Olympics," he said. "That's the ultimate goal."