Seth Wescott is a Mainer through and through. Although he was born in North Carolina, Seth and his family moved to East Vassalboro, Maine, when he was two-years-old and later moved to Farmington. Seth's parents encouraged him to take part in physical and outdoor activities at a very early age. He was skiing by the age of eight and snowboarding at the age of ten, where he found his true passion and calling in life.
Even though he works hard at his sport, it was easy to tell at an early age that Seth was extremely athletic and a natural snowboarder. He has an amazing ability to focus and he used that focus and his athleticism to propel him to international success.
Seth, who began competitive snowboarding in 1991, graduated from Mt. Blue High School in 1994, and also attended Carrabassett Valley Academy, where he honed his snowboarding abilities. Though his competitive career began in the halfpipe, Seth transitioned his riding to focus on the discipline of snowboardcross (SBX), which had been added to the Olympic Games, and has proudly served as a true pioneer and ambassador of SBX around the world.
Seth is one of the most accomplished and decorated athletes in snowboarding history, having reached the podium in every major snowboardcross event in the world. He is the first and only Olympic Gold Medalist in SBX, winning its Olympic debut at the Torino Winter Games in 2006, and successfully defending his title at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010, which he celebrated by wrapping himself in his grandfather's American flag in recognition of his military service during World War II.
Seth followed up his 2010 Olympic season with three podium finishes during the 2010/2011 World Cup season. Seth is a three-time United States National Champion, nine-time Winter X Games medalist, and four-time World Championship medalist. He is an ambassador for "Take It Outside," a state-wide initiative to encourage Maine's children and families to reconnect with nature and also serves as a spokesperson for "WinterKids," a program established to encourage and help young people be active, and enjoy all that winter sports have to offer in Maine. Most recently, Seth has partnered with several other world-class athletes in support of the "Level Field Fund," a grant-making program that bridges gaps in funding for uniquely talented athletes in need of financial assistance.
When Seth isn't traveling the world training and competing, he can be found carving fresh powder big mountain riding among the peaks of Alaska's mountain range or catching waves on his surf board along the Maine coastline and around the world. Through all of his worldly travels and life experiences, Seth maintains his roots in the great state of Maine. He resides in Carrabassett Valley and can often be found at his home mountain of Sugarloaf, snowboarding, mountain biking, running trails, or working at "The Rack," a brew-pub that he co-owns, located at the base of the mountain. Seth continues to enjoy life to the fullest and plans to train and qualify for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Seth is the son of James B. Wescott and Margaret Gould Wescott and also has one sister, Sarah Wescott, who says of her brother, "I am ridiculously proud of him."
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.