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2015 USADSF Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year

USADSF is excited to announce both Lauren Weibert and Blair Esson as the USADSF 2015 SportsWoman and SportsMan for their endurance and commitment to their sports and recognizes their success in bringing home the Gold.

In the short time that the US Team coaches worked with both Lauren and Blair, they immediately recognized each individually as hard working and striving to excel at anything they faced. Their abilities to respond with courage when a challenge is produced consistently amazed the coaches. Lauren and Blair are driven athletes and very passionate about snowboarding and life, and it was an honor to work with each of them on the snow.

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2015 USADSF Athletes of the Year
2015 USADSF Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year - Lauren Weibert and Blair Esson. (Photo courtesy of USADSF)

Lauren Weibert learned to snowboard at age 13 during a family ski trip to Heavenly in Lake Tahoe. While growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, she entered local and national competitions, where she often found herself on the podium, winning awards for her excellence in snowboarding. In December 2013, Lauren tore her knee, which caused her to miss the tryouts for the US Team to the Deaflympics. Once Lauren was cleared to ride after her surgery, in February 2014 she made a video to show her skills and hoped to be reconsidered. Lauren recalls that her knee was very sore when she made that video, but she pressed through and got it done. Thanks to her endurance to recover from her injuries, Lauren was delighted to be selected to represent the USA at the 18th Winter Deaflympics. Lauren’s goal was to win the Gold medal in Slopestyle Snowboarding, and she was able to achieve that as well as taking away a Silver medal in Boardercross. Both medals were an amazing feat as she had never done Boardercross before!

Blair Esson credits his snowboarding skills to his brother, Sean. They both started snowboarding at young ages, Blair at age 5, in Loomis, CA. Blair has been doing competitions in HalfPipe, Slopestyle Snowboarding, and Boardercross since he was 12 years old because these events inspired him to achieve his dream of becoming the first Deaf professional snowboarder. Blair was the leading slalom and giant slalom racer on the Truckee High school snowboarding team in Winter 2012. Working at Boreal Resort helped keep him on the slopes and practicing, which paid off as Blair and his brother were selected to represent the USA at the 18th Winter Deaflympics. Blair came away with a Gold medal in Slopestyle, a Gold medal in the Half Pipe and a Silver medal in the Boardercross event.

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By Bradley Hasemeyer, Todd Covelli

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Source: MassLive

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Source: TransWorld Motocross

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By Mark Heyne

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Source: WVXU

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“I was cut in the final week of spring training with the [Milwaukee] Brewers last year,” he says, “when I was hitting .421.”

He is also deaf, something he says he sees as no impediment to his affair of the heart.

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Source: Palm Springs Life

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