Currently in the peak of his season, Myles Silverman ’19 is competing on the U.S. Snowboard Racing Team. One of only nine members chosen for the 2015-2016 men’s team, Silverman is training full-time and competing at races across the country and around the world.
“Making the U.S. team is huge for me. I’m excited and honored to be part of such a great group of people, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to follow my passion, pursue my dreams and strive for excellence,” says Silverman, who completed his first semester at HWS and will return to campus for the Fall 2016 semester.
Selection for the team is based on International Ski Federation Ranking, which is determined by results from competitions. Last year, Silverman ranked in the top three for males under age 20, and qualified to represent the United States at the Junior World Championships in Yabuli, China.
The U.S. team is based at Steamboat Mountain in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where Silverman is training “on the snow” five days a week. His training consists of “running gates,” working on technique and studying video footage. He says he takes a “holistic approach” to his training, eating to win and working on mental preparation to enhance his skills as much as possible.
“I have overcome many obstacles and injuries to get where I am,” says Silverman. “Making the team though, is a stepping stone. I hope to improve my snowboarding and to achieve other goals.”
This season Silverman hopes to compete in the NorAm series in the U.S. and in Canada, as well as several Europa Cups across Europe. Ultimately, Silverman says he’s working to become a collegiate All-American and eventually an Olympian.
A snowboarder since elementary school, Silverman began competing and won his first national championship for his age group in fifth grade. For high school, he attended Steamboat Mountain School, which enabled him to train and compete while continuing with his studies. “This put me in a prime position to improve my snowboarding and get to the next level,” he says.
Although only on campus for one semester so far, Silverman says he’s “proud to represent Hobart,” and is thankful to First-Year Dean David Mapstone ’93 and Hobart Athletic Director Mike Hanna ’68, P’99 for their support and guidance.