Catching Up With Silverthorne’s Olympians
Published March 29, 2019
It’s been just about a year since our community gathered to celebrate the exciting successes of four Silverthorne-based athletes — Red Gerard, Chris Corning, Kyle Mack, and Jimmy Sides — in the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. And if you’ve been following recent headlines, you know that this group of prolific young gentlemen isn’t slowing down one bit. From taking home the gold in the Burton US Open to claiming top honors for the International Ski & Snowboard Federation (FIS) World Cup’s slopestyle season, our Silverthorne athletes continue to impress on the national stage.
The Silverthorne Pulse caught up with three of our athletes earlier this month to see how the Olympic experience has impacted their lives, and to hear what’s next.
Jimmy Sides: Being on the U.S. Paralympic team was an incredible experience to look back on and is a really cool story to tell. I think the most unexpected part of the whole thing was the homecoming parade here in Silverthorne and the months that followed. After the parade, I would see parents with their kids around town, and they would stop me to say hi and to tell me they saw me at the parade. It’s such an awesome thing to say hi to the kiddos and talk with people that know who I am, all from just one event. I truly love living here in Silverthorne.
So, what’s next? I have retired from racing, sort of. I competed in Canada this year, and that’s the only race I did this season. I love racing, but I need to focus on my family and career. I’ve decided to become a ski patroller, and I have a tryout date with Copper Mountain in March with the hope of working there for the 2019/20 season.
Red Gerard: The most unexpected part of the Olympic experience would be the public recognition and all of the attention following my return home. It was hard to adjust to this new level of fame and all the requests for autographs and interviews. It took me a while to adjust. In terms of highlights since then, definitely my win at the Burton US Open. For snowboarders, that’s kind of the granddaddy of them all.
So, what’s next? I’m working on a movie project right now called Joy (@joysnowboardfilm). It will be featured on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” in November, and in a six-segment series on ESPN. There will also be a portion that will premiere with the snowboard films in the fall. I’m really proud of this. It’s been a lot of hard work, and I think people will really enjoy it.
What’s the one thing you look forward to most about returning home to Silverthorne in between competitions? Just hanging out with my family. We all have so much fun together. Christmas here is like no other. My sister Tieghan’s (@halfbakedharvest) food is amazing. Then we’ll usually spend a number of days riding and just hanging out at Copper. We also always do a family snowmobile trip.
Chris Corning: Being a part of the Olympic team was awesome. It really gave me a new perspective on life that is much more positive. I think the most unexpected part of the experience was actually going to the Olympics. It wasn’t on my mind until maybe mid-season before, and it changed my life forever. The highlight of my season last year was being so consistent in my riding and winning three crystal globes [FIS trophies].
So, what’s next? I look forward to coming home and seeing all my friends, and having my own kitchen to cook in again. This summer, I’m hoping to get in lots of camping. When it comes to snowboarding, I have a few camps coming up at Woodward at Copper during their Never Summer weeks, and then the season starts again!
Editor’s Note: This retrospective blog post featured Red Gerard, Chris Corning, Kyle Mack, and Jimmy Sides, checking in with them one year after the “Goldthorne” homecoming celebration. Silverthorne’s other celebrated Olympian, Amy Purdy, was not available to participate in last year’s celebration, but stay tuned for an update on her coming to the Silverthorne Pulse blog later this year!