Olympic Bound: Kent Callister

Kent Callister, a local snowboarder who grew up riding Mt Bachelor, will be representing his home country of Australia in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Kent grew up in the United States, but his family is linked to one of Australia’s products — the Vegemite. Before he headed out to South Korea, Kent got a send off from the community that raised him.

Dakine Grindz in Bend partnered with the Mt Bachelor Sport Education Foundation to host an Olympic send off for Callister on Saturday.

Callister started snowboarding with the Mt Bachelor Sports Education Foundation and moved up with that program, began competing and is now heading to the second winter Olympics.

Callister said he is grateful for the support he gets from the Bend community and loves coming back to Mt Bachelor. The 22-year-old was in Bend for most of January training. Callister is hoping to better his 9th place finish in the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Zolo Media recently produced a story about Kent and his journey to the Olympics. Click here to see the story.

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