Olympian lives in truck so he can train more

PARK CITY - If you ask snowboard racer Justin Reiter you want to meet at his place, there's a good chance he will roll up in his Toyota truck.

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"This is my home. This is my truck. This is my adventure mobile. This is my base camp," said Reiter.

Reiter calls Summit County, Colorado home normally, but while training this past summer in Park City, Utah, he decided his gray pickup would be his rolling home away from home.

"I don't want that to be a pity party or a sob story, it's my choice," said Reiter.

It's a place he can show you in seconds. The bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and garage for his bike are all with a hands reach.

Unlike European countries that fund their athletes, U.S. athletes like Reiter often find funds a little scarce, working second jobs or spending more time looking for sponsors. So to spend more time training, Reiter is spending less on rent. It's a choice he made after missing the last two Olympics and deciding that in 2014 things would be different.

"I am choosing to do this so I can put 100 percent into getting to Sochi," said Reiter.

Plus, he says while some athletes get special treatment, his life on the road keeps him grounded as the wheels on his truck.

"Trying to keep myself humble by literally sleeping in the dirt," said Reiter.

It must be working, because his snowboard racing has never been better. This season, he has already taken a podium at Copper Mountain, and last season, he won second at the World Championships.

The only room in Reiter's truck that might seem a little small is the trophy room in his glove box.

"What we have in there is my world champion medal," said Reiter.

It's also where Reiter hopes to add an Olympic medal, thanks to a lot of hard work and his truck's wheels.

"This vehicle is the tool that will help me get [to Sochi,,]" said Reiter.

If you would like to help Reiter reach his Olympic goal, you can learn more about him at www.rallyme.com.


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