Winter Games Athletes
Though injury and heartache from failing to qualify for the Olympics in 2006 and 2010 drove him to retire in 2011, Reiter simply couldn’t stay away from the sport that had become a part of him since an early age. After missing the mark by one spot in the Turin Games, Reiter injured his kneecap before the Vancouver Games and stepped away from the sport for two years. Following his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery, he decided to make a comeback in World Cup competitions in January 2012. Reiter entered this season focused on taking care of some unfinished business on the slopes. In fact, he was so determined to succeed in his third attempt to reach the Olympics that he made headlines by living out of his Toyota Tundra while training over the summer. Reiter, who took home a silver medal at the 2013 world championships, has been the best U.S. Alpine snowboarder the last two World Cup seasons. Now he has a chance to become the first American man to win an Olympic medal in the Alpine discipline since Chris Klug in 2002. Reiter will be the only American competing in those events - the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom - in Sochi.