X-Games Gold Medalist Snowboarder Nate Holland in Baghdad

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 20, 2009 9:14 am

U.S. Snowboarding star and Olympian Nate Holland just arrived in Baghdad for a goodwill project, and spent his first night in Saddam Hussein’s palace. According to Holland’s recent Facebook status, he took a dip in the former leader’s pool. “He’s gotta be rolling in his grave,” Holland wrote.

The X-Games snowboardcross gold medalist traveled to Afghanistan last year with 2002 Olympic half-pipe medalist Danny Kass. This year, World Cup winner and National Boardercross Champ Graham Watanabe followed in their steps, and arrived at the base just two days after a rocket bomb ripped through the walls of the camp.

Watanabe had been held up, and was originally due to arrive at the base the same day of the attack. Apparently, the bomb hit just yards away from his bunk. As one would imagine, these trips come with their share of danger, though of course these snowboarding icons are far from afraid.

The athletes enjoy visiting with troops, as they feel it brings them a greater perspective of and a better appreciation for the men serving our country. Follow Holland on Twitter (N8Holland) for more updates, and check back here at the Ski Channel for more on his adventures.