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Russell Winfield is a pioneer, snowboarding’s first Black professional athlete. He grew up playing hockey in New York and learned to snowboard at Stratton, pointing out that he was just one of three or four Black snowboarders in the country when he first began. After moving across the country and riding nearly every bucket list destination, Winfield realized the impact he had on the sport and decided to push his love for snowboarding into a new generation of hopeful kids.
“We want one big, full culture of people,” Winfield says of his mission to make the mountain a more diverse place.