GettySnowboarder Jake Pates.
Jake Pates is an American snowboarder who is competing in the halfpipe for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Pates, 19, of Eagle, Colorado, is making his Olympic debut during this year’s games. He advanced to the finals of the halfpipe contest along with his teammates, Shaun White, Chase Josey and Ben Ferguson. He landed a big second run to finish in the top 12.
“I was super happy to just land to clean one. Pretty nerve-racking not getting the first one down. You only get two. You’ve got to land that last one,” he told the Aspen Times after qualifying. He said he had to clear out all the distractions after the first run by listening to music. “I was definitely stressed going into the second run. I did a little bit of meditation at the top, put some good tunes in and got myself hyped up again.”
Here’s what you need to know about Jake Pates:
1. Pates, a Colorado Native, Began Snowboarding When He Was 8 & ‘Fell in Love With How Fun It Is’
Jake Pates competes during the halfpipe in Pyeongchang.
Jake Pates, 19, is from Eagle, Colorado, according to his bio on the Team USA website. He is the son of Christopher and Amy Pates and has two siblings, an older brother, Cole, and a younger sister, Charlie Sue. His brother, Cole, is a freestyle skier who competed for the U.S. Ski team, according to NBC Sports.
Pates has been snowboarding since he was 8.
“My mother took me to a local hill when I was eight. She said it would be fun, and I’ve never loved anything more since,” he told NBC. “Once I felt the feeling of snowboarding, I fell in love with how fun it is. I am inspired by every aspect of snowboarding – the fun, the adrenaline, my friends and other snowboarders.”
Pates later began training with the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in Colorado and earned a spot on U.S. snowboarding’s national rookie team in 2014, according to NBC Sports.
He gave his parents credit for helping him reach the Olympics and for allowing him to pursue a professional career in snowboarding. But he said he really does it for the fun.
“I don’t have anything to lose, and I’m just trying to have fun so I just wanted to have a good fun run,” Jakes Pates told Summit Daily after a December 2017 competition. “I just thought it’d be cool if I landed that trick last hit … I think it definitely comes down to wanting to have a level of fun out there. And I knew that if I landed that trick then it would have just felt really awesome.”
Pates, who grew up chasing his brother, Cole, on the mountain, told the Denver Post that he has been lucky to have his family by his side. Many of them, including his parents and siblings, are in …read more