The countdown is well and truly on to the Winter Olympics which will begin this Friday in Sochi, Russia. This year Ireland is sending a 5 strong quad including teenager Seamus O’Connor.
This year we’re keeping our eyes firmly fixed on the 16 year old snowboarder. Seamus O’Connor was born in San Diego. Ironically his mother’s parents live just 100km from Sochi and his father’s parents hail from Drogheda and Dublin.
It’s cool because I’ll be going to Ireland before the games and then I’ll be going to Russia. It’s the two sides of my family.
It was Seamus’s father Kevin that sent the link of his son in action to the Snowsports Association of Ireland (SAI) requesting permission for him to represent Ireland, the home of his grandparents, in this year’s winter Olympics. After seeing footage of the teen in action it was an obvious decision for the SAI. The Irish American Snowboarding sensation began snowboarding at the age of four. When he was 12 he won the European Junior Half-Pipe champion and was napped by Nike over 3 years ago. He will compete for Ireland in the halfpipe and slopestyle events. Watch Seamus O’Connor in action here.
O’Connor commented that “It’s an honor to get to go and represent a country that I’m from.” Referring to Ireland as “awesome” having visited already and has expressed his want to just have fun and stay safe at the same time.
It’s hard to believe that the Olympics is now the stage we’re at. I’m just trying to stay modest and safe between now and then.
O’Connor already raised concerns last week that the course at Sochi is unsafe and “needs work.”
The riders need to speak up about the conditions. The rails can’t be fixed but they can fix the jumps.
Norwegian competitor Torstein Horgmo has already broke his collarbone in an accident on Monday.
We’re looking forward to seeing the Californian teen in action at the weekend and will be rooting for the Irish American Snowboarding Sensation as he flys the Irish flag with pride at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
photos: thescore.ie skysports.com