“Flyin’ Brian” Rice competed in the FIS Snowboarding Big Air World Cup in Chur, Switzerland this past October. The seventeen-year-old is confident he will become the first black snowboarder on the US Olympic team according to an article written by Shauna Farnell in the New York Times (2021).
In the Chur World Cup, he placed in the middle of the pack compared to other US Olympic team members. He has US team members above and below him in his place of 24th of 55. According to an interview with Victor Williams News 4 Detroit, Brian will be participating in more World Cups and continuing to work twice as hard as everyone else to reach his goals.
Brian started snowboarding at a young age and quickly fell in love with the creativity and passion behind the sport. He has impressive support from his mother, who is also his manager, and numerous clubs behind him including the National Brotherhood of Skiers and the Jim Dandy Ski Club. The Jim Dandy Ski Club is also from Detroit Michigan, like Brian himself. His hometown is Farmington, Detroit and he moved to Copper Mountain, CO to compete in competitions during his early teens.
He may not be in the Olympics yet, but he is on track for his dreams to come true. He has become the first black snowboarder to be sponsored by a major ski resort and competed in some incredible competitions. Brian will also be featured in this year’s release of the Warren Miller Film that premiered on October 28th. Everyone is excited to see Flyin’ Brian soar through the air in his next competition, on screen, and fly into the future Olympics.