Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott will compete this season for the first time since missing the Sochi Olympic team, according to the Portland (Maine) Press Herald.
“I’m not concerned with my results right now,” Wescott, a 39-year-old Maine native, said, according to the report. “I want to see my speed back in the time trials. I look at this as a rebuilding year.”
Wescott last competed at the January 2014 Winter X Games, bowing out in the quarterfinals and seeing Nick Baumgartner earn the last spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Wescott won the first two Olympic men’s snowboard cross titles in 2006 and 2010 and hoped in Sochi to become the first American man to win three golds in the same Winter Olympic event.
He could still be the first to do so in Pyeongchang, though at 41 would be older than any previous Olympic snowboarder, according to sports-reference.com.
Wescott underwent a complete reconstruction of his left ACL in April 2013 after falling into an Alaska crevasse while shooting part of a film for ski and snowboard director Warren Miller. He tore the ACL and broke his tibia and skipped the 2014-15 season for recovery.
“I had a little tightness in my knee on day one, but all the pain I was experiencing in my patella tendon last year is gone,” Wescott said, according to newspaper.
The World Cup snowboard cross season starts in December.