10-year-old snowboarding prodigy becomes youngest to complete Olympic trick

10-year-old snowboarding prodigy becomes youngest to complete Olympic trick

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10-year-old snowboarding prodigy becomes youngest to complete Olympic trick

After two days of trying, Eli Bouchard, a 10-year-old snowboarding prodigy from Canada, became the youngest to cleanly complete a Frontside 1080 Double Cork over the weekend at Stoneham Mountain Resort in Quebec.

YouTube video of the accomplishment posted Monday shows Bouchard falling several times before pulling off the stunt and celebrating with his coach, Max Henault, and family members.

“For the women at the last Olympic Games, the gold medal was won with this jump,” Francois Bouchard, Eli’s father, told Radio-Canada. “In addition to engaging a lateral rotation, you engage vertical rotations. Nobody does that at 10 years old.”

At age 8, Eli opened the eyes of the snowboarding world by completing a double backflip—becoming the youngest to do it—so these types of achievements aren’t new to him.

“I was really happy,” Eli told Radio-Canada of his weekend feat, the opportunity coming thanks to cold weather and a late snowfall. “I could not believe I had it.”

Eli said in the video he “slammed a couple of times” before successfully completing the trick he had been visualizing for a long time.

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