Mike Trapp (In his own words)
It was Christmas vacation, and my family and I were visiting my grandparents in Madrid, Maine. In a rare stroke of genius, my brother said to my parents that he would really like to learn to snowboard. Of course, I wanted to learn too.
The following day, at Saddleback Mountain, my hopes of learning to ride were ruined when I found out snowboards weren't made in eight-year-old kid sizes. It must be tough to explain to an eight year old that snowboards are “too big for you”, especially when your twelve-year-old brother is walking out of the lodge to his snowboard lesson. Somehow though, my parents pulled it off!
For the next two years, much to my mother’s dismay, I skied fast. As fast as I possibly could, at all times. Needless to say, a helmet adorned with “No Fear” stickers was soon planted on my head. When I was 10 years old, the snowboard industry and I caught up with each other on a trip to Sugarloaf USA. My cousin, Lindsay, and I rented snowboards and took a lesson together. That night, we slept with our snowboards.
For the next season or so, my family and I would go north during breaks from school to snowboard. One day, when we were at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, I bumped into the legend himself, Bill Enos. My brother had gone to his summer trampoline camp earlier that year, and he invited me to tag along with his alpine snowboard team that afternoon. And with that, I was hooked on snowboarding.
After some convincing from Bill and myself, my parents were sending me to Waterville Valley Academy to train for the winter. I would spend all of my Middle School and High School winters there. I would train and compete, hoping to one day be racing on the World Cup Circuit, and go to the Olympics.
After I finished school, I realized I needed to extend my training season in order to be competitive. While I was off at events, I met Thedo Remmelink, and I urged him to let me train with him and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Although my mother was apprehensive, I made the trek west to chase my dreams. With more training, my results improved and I began to race the Nor-Am and Europa Cup Series.
In 2008, I was asked to run for the USASA Executive Board. I agreed to run and was one of the youngest persons to ever be elected to the board. I was the Rider's Representative. As Riders Representative my responsibilities were to represent the riders at all executive board meetings. I was re-elected for a second term and served for a total of 2 years on the USASA Executive Board.
Mike Trapp has qualified to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Mike will represent the United States in the Parallel Giant Slalom Event.
PyeongChang, South Korea, will host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with the 17 days of Olympic competition set to take place from Feb. 9-25.