Four years after it debuted at Nagano, the sport of snowboarding came of age at the Salt Lake 2002 Games, where athletes competed in halfpipe and parallel giant slalom at Park City Mountain Resort.

Americans Ross Powers, Danny Kass and J.J. Thomas created one of Park City’s biggest instant parties when they swept the men’s halfpipe, just a day after teammate Kelly Clark won the women’s gold. Less than two years after he was diagnosed with a rare liver disease — overcome with help from a Denver-based family who had lost their 13-year-old son in a shooting — carved his way to silver in thee men’s parallel giant slalom. “It’s a miracle,” said Klug. “I’m so lucky to be here today, and for it to have turned out like this is pretty special.”

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