Michigan’s own Kyle Mack secured his spot on Team USA Snowboarding team and is headed to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Hailing from West Bloomfield, we’ve followed the progressions of Mack from his days at Alpine Valley up through his last attempts at landing a spot on the Olympic Snowboard team back in 2014 at the age of 16. Fast forward to now, Kyle Mack has put in the hard work and dedication that it takes to compete at this level.
The collaboration between the Mack family and Alpine Valley is one that most probably don’t know about. Detroit’s WXYZ covered the story in 2016, sharing insights on how Alpine let his family clear a 110-foot wooded area, build a massive 70 foot platform and a 50 x 50 airbag for training and honing in the double cork Japan.
All this hard work lead to Mack putting down a solid run, winning the 2016 Burton US Open Slopestyle Final.
Now back on the hunt to gain a spot on the 2018 Olympic team, Kyle Mack competed in the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth recently. Things didn’t get off to a positive start, but Mack turned that around into the winning run, sweeping the top of the podium and is off to the 2018 winter games.
If you really want to throw things back, check out the footage from 2011 at Otsego Club (courtesy of Ben Bixby) with none other than Kyle Mack, Ty Wellman, Mike King, Karly Shorr and our good buddy Dave Cohen.
Follow Kyle and the rest of Team USA in just a few short weeks for the 2018 Winter Olympics!
photo credits: gettyimages & NBC Sports