Will it come together for Mick Dierdorff at Winter Olympics snowboard cross?
February 14, 2018
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Qualifications and finals, 7 to 11 p.m.
Get to know him: Mick Dierdorff, 26 years old, had plenty of Steamboat hobbies outside snowboarding. Even as his career was starting to take off in high school, he joined the football team. He hunts elk in the mountains around town and until the last few years, when he truly buckled down to focus completely on offseason training, spent his summer framing houses. Becoming an Olympic-caliber rider didn't happen overnight for him. He got his first World Cup start in 2009 but didn't have a top-30 finish for three more years. It took two more years after that to record a top-10 finish and still two more seasons to land his first podium finish. Now, however, he's arrived.
Ties to Steamboat: He was born and raised in Steamboat before moving to Park City, Utah, two years ago to train.
A good result would be: Top five. Dierdorff is on the best run of his career, landing in the top 10 in five consecutive World Cup events this season. That's after he entered the season with just three to his name. So, finishing in the top 10 would continue that trend but making the top five would be at the high-end of his previous marks.
To medal, he needs to: Have it come together. He's better this season than he's ever been in his career, but small mistakes at the worst moments have kept him mostly to top-10 finishes rather than podium finishes. Maintain the momentum he has and tighten up his riding just a little, and he can definitely bring home a medal.