Parkites named to Youth Olympic Games roster

Henry Townshend of the U.S. Youth Olympic Games team.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Ski and Snowboard

Two Parkites, Jack Rodeheaver and Henry Townshend, were named to the 2024 Youth Olympic Games roster on Wednesday. The duo will man the men’s slopestyle/big air team in the event, which is slated to run from Jan. 19 to Feb. 1 in Gangwon Province, South Korea.

Rodeheaver and Townshend were selected out of a larger pool of athletes ages 15-18, and they’ll go up against athletes from over 80 countries. The event, which runs once every four years like the official Olympics, has traditionally been a stepping stone for aspiring Olympians.

“The Youth Olympic Games is an opportunity for athletes to travel to new places and meet new communities while practicing their skills and competing on an international stage,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Chief of Sport Anouk Patty. Rodeheaver is taking in everything so far about the experience, and is thrilled to be a part of the Games; Townshend did not immediately return comment.

“It’s a huge honor to be asked and (I’m) so excited,” said Rodeheaver. “Go big or go home!” He and Townsend will certainly be ready to leave it all on the line, having crafted their skillsets and poise throughout a variety of international events.

For anyone interested in tracking the duo’s progress and even watching it live, check out the Olympics’ website: They’ll be live-streaming the event, as well as sharing any related news before, during and after the Games.

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