Olympian fights to keep event in 2018 games

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 11/7/15

SUMMIT COUNTY - The snow is falling at Copper Mountain and athletes like Olympics snowboard racer Justin Reiter have arrived to start training.

He's from Steamboat Springs and loves his sport so much he lived in his truck to save money for racing to compete in the Olympics.

"I think anything worth doing is worth doing right. You find what you love and you do it no matter the cost," said Reiter.

The idea worked and sent Justin racing in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but it was an emotional high that came crashing down this past June.

"It's an absolute punch in the gut," Reiter said

That's when Justin and other snowboard racers learned the International Olympic Committee was removing slalom snowboard racing from the Olympics in 2018.

"They need to be held accountable for the decisions they make because it effects countless athletes coaches and nations," Reiter said.

Now Justin is fighting for his sport saying the IOC is moving too fast in its decision.

"It ruins the opportunity for all these people who have been working so hard, and it violates the IOC's own bylaws," Reiter said.

So Justin decided to march up the courtroom steps in Lake Geneva and filed a lawsuit against the IOC to get them to reverse their decision.

"If we can stand up against the largest sport organization in the world and get them to reverse the decision, it sets a precedent and that's a precedent all athletes in the future can follow," Reiter said.

He has also set up a webpage at ralleyme.com to raise money for the fight while also training for the season ahead ," I love this sport and we are all passionate about it and out here riding," said Reiter.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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