Athlete Profile

Mark Fawcett, 30 of Rothesay, N.B., is the grandfather of the Canadian snowboarding team, beginning his career way back in 1984. He may also be more anxious than anyone to compete in Salt Lake City.

Fawcett entered the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, the first Olympics for the sport, as a favourite to win a gold medal in the giant slalom. Fawcett's hopes where dashed when he broke his board on the course. That performance has haunted him ever since.

One of the most respected riders on the International Snowboard Federation tour, Fawcett will have to win gold in a different discipline this time. The giant slalom event has been replaced by parallel giant slalom, in which two racers going down the hill side by side, moving more slowly around tighter gates in a parallel race that makes a better TV spectacle.