Eagle residents Jake Pates and Meghan Tierney have been selected to represent the United States of America at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Pates received confirmation from the US Ski & Snowboard Association on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 in Snowmass, CO that he was named to the US Olympic team in the halfpipe snowboarding event. Tierney earned her place on the 2018 US Olympic Team in boardercross on January 23, 2018.
After receiving the news, citizens of Eagle rallied support to honor the home town heroes with an Olympic Send-off Celebration.
On February 1, 2018 the community is invited to attend the celebration at the Eagle Town Park from 5:30-7:00 pm. The Pep Rally will feature music, entertainment, prize giveaways, and refreshments.
“I am so grateful to everyone that is working on this incredible event at the Eagle Town Park – this confirms the fact that Eagle is the greatest place to call home,” said Jake Pates. “I look forward to seeing everyone on February. 1st. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Chris Pates, Jake’s father continued, “We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the Eagle community. We are honored and fortunate to be able to raise our family in such a wonderful town.”
Chris Tierney, Meghan’s father said, “We are continually amazed by the Eagle community. We felt welcome from the very first day we arrived, as though we were already a part of the town. We truly feel at home here. Meghan is a great example of never giving up and if you believe in yourself and your dream that ANYTHING is possible. I look forward to sharing both of their journeys with this amazing town!”
The Olympic Celebration Committee is sponsoring a contest with top prizes of $250 awarded to residents and business owners in support of Jake and Meghan’s Olympic dream. Local residents are encouraged to decorate their businesses and homes in true Eagle style, cheering on Jake and Meghan. Judging of decorations will take place January 31 – February 2 but residents are encouraged to keep the decorations in place throughout the Winter Olympics, February 8 – 25, 2018.
During last night’s Eagle Town Board Meeting Mayor Anne McKibbin presented the Board with a proclamation and stated, “We desire all young people growing up in Eagle to dream big, aspire to great achievements and work hard to attain them- all citizens are encouraged to celebrate Jake, Meghan and their families at the Town of Eagle Park at 5:30pm on February 1st.”
According to US Ski & Snowboard Association, Pates started snowboarding at the age of 8. He trained with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club before earning a spot on the US Rookie Team in 2014. Jake earned a gold medal in the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway in 2016 and had numerous top 10 finishes in Grand Prix events, among others.
In late December, 2017, Jake took first in the Winter Dew Tour and 4th place in the US Snowboarding Grand Prix, earning him a spot on the 2018 US Olympic Team. He has been a member of the Pro Halfpipe Team for the past three years.
Meghan Tierney is a New Jersey girl who picked up snowboarding at Okemo Mountain Resort at the age of 10. Her father moved the family to Edwards, CO so that she and her siblings could focus on snowboarding where they attended VSSA for several years. The family settled in Eagle, CO in 2016. She was the USASA National Boardercross Champion in 2012. Tierney has been a member of the US Snowboardcross Team for 3 years. Tierney has been racking up Nor-Am Cup podiums since 2013 and started on the World Cup tour in 2015. Her best result to date (10th) coming in Veysonnaz in 2015. She took fourth at the FIS Junior World Championships in 2014 and third at the Junior National Championships in 2015. She made her X Games debut in 2016, where she was the youngest in the field at age 19 and she made the consolation round, finishing 10th overall. Recently she took 7th in Erzurum, Turkey in the FIS World Cup to secure her as the 3rd spot for women’s Boardercross.
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games take place February 8-25, 2018. Visit usskiandsnowboard.org for complete biographies of each athlete.