U.S. Snowboarding recently announced the retirement of World Cup alpine snowboarding veteran Adam Smith. Smith, who tallied two top-10 World Cup finishes during the 2009-10 season, ends his career in strong form.
Smith’s overall career is equally impressive, tallying four World Cup podiums, including a win in Landgraaf, Netherlands, a fourth at World Championships in Whistler, BC, and a U.S. Alpine Snowboarding Slalom Championship in 2003.
Growing up in Bend, OR, Smith began partaking in winter sports at an early age, clicking into skis at age two at Mt. Bachelor. Finding his passion, Adam switched over to snowboarding at nine. For the past 20 years, he has successfully turned this passion into an accomplished career.
“Over the last 10 – 12 years, I’ve made some amazing friends on the road,” said Smith. “But all the world travel, seeing new and exciting places and learning new cultures is probably the biggest thing I’m going to miss.”
“Being able to compete as one of the top guys in the country and around the world and competing against the best is exciting, fun and rewarding,” said Smith. “It’s just a good feeling to be part of something so great.”
Smith is currently working for Bend Research, a pharmaceutical research and development company. He plans on taking some personal time this winter to enjoy riding at Mt. Bachelor, while focusing on his “real job.”
“I’m going to stay here, take a break, relax and enjoy a real winter of riding Mt. Bachelor back at home,” said Smith. “I just bought a house, which is a huge a step and crazy. I’m going to just slow it down a bit, do the real job thing for awhile and see how that goes.”