Olympian Spotlight on Graham Watanabe

Olympic athlete Graham Watanabe

Olympic athlete Graham Watanabe

Name: Graham Watanabe

Competition: Snowboarding

Age: 27

Hometown: Hailey, Idaho

School/University: Westminister College

Major: Business

How does Graham Watanabe train:
Graham spends, on average, five days a week training for his sport. Graham spends most days on the slopes, practicing his moves. To keep in top physical shape, he rides a stationary bike, does lunges, and runs uphill on a giant treadmill.

How they manage it all: Graham receives intense support from his family. His father and brother introduced him to the sport when he was young, and it has remained a family sport ever since. 

When describing his father, Graham says, “My dad’s my hero because he’s achieved great successes. He maintains a healthy lifestyle that balances working hard and playing hard. He’s also loved and respected by all who have met him because of his genuine, pleasant nature.”

Fun Fact: Graham’s favorite restaurant is Chuck E. Cheese, showing he is really a fun-loving guy at heart. He is also a Facebook fan, and updates his fan page regularly.

Via TeamUSA.org and USSnowboarding.com

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