Nate Holland has seen gold many times as a snowboard cross competitor: seven times at the Winter X Games, and five times at the FIS World Cup, to be exact. But the most elusive gold medal for Holland has been at the Winter Olympics, where he finished in 14th at the 2006 Torino games, and fourth at the 2010 Vancouver games.
To complicate matters, Holland fractured his clavicle at the World Cup in Austria this past December, jeopardizing his qualification for the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi. However, after a quick surgery and an even quicker recovery, Holland was able to qualify and even went on to win snowboard cross gold again at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, this past January. With his eyes now set on Sochi, Holland seems ready as ever to prove himself.
Rolling Stone caught up with Holland at the Winter X Games in Aspen to get a close-up look at what makes a champion tick.
By Sean McCabe