Flow Snowboarding and Wisconsin’s Special Olympic Athlete Daina Shilts started snowboarding seven years ago and this week she is one of ten Special Olympians participating in the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.
“I wanted something a little more challenging and a little more fun,” Daina said in an interview with WSAW-TV, the local Wisconsin CBS affiliate.
“I just wanna be really active. I don’t like sitting around and doing nothing. It really bothers me.”
“I absolutely love it,” Daina said of snowboarding. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Daina will be competing in the Dual Slalom, partnered with Hannah Teter in the first ever unified sports Special Olympics today. Competing is nothing new to Daina. She was also in South Korea competing in 2013, bringing home a gold and two silver medals.
“I met Hannah in South Korea and I am looking forward to seeing her again,” said Daina. “She has always been a big role model to me and I am pumped to be riding with her.”
“Working with The Special Olympics has been an absolute blast,” said Tyler Daigler of Flow Snowboarding.
“Daina is a top notch athlete and helping her be more competitive with highly advanced Flow gear has been a privilege. All of us at Flow are rooting for her today.”
Daina and the Shilts family went up a couple days early to Aspen to do some freeriding, well before the the X-Games got started.
“The whole trip has been really fantastic,” Daina said. “I am having an absolute blast. I have been riding Aspen Snowmass a lot, doing laps from the top to the bottom. So much fun.”
“I want to thank everybody at Flow. I love Flow snowboards I’ve been a Flow boarder ever since I started riding. I once tried another board and it wasn’t the same. Amazing snowboards, boots and bindings. Every time I am out on the hill, I keep receiving complements on my gear.”
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