Canada's Lipscomb takes Buddhism on board

Fri Feb 7, 2014 8:41am EST
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By Philip O'Connor

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Snowboarding may be one of the newer sports at the Winter Olympics but Canada's Crispin Lipscomb will be relying on the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to assist him in the halfpipe competition in Sochi.

The 34-year-old, who is making his final Olympic appearance, told Reuters that the extreme sport and the ancient religion have an awful lot in common.

"About five or six years ago I started travelling to Korea and I was introduced to some monks who run a thousand-year-old temple," he said.

"In all the reading that I did and learning about that approach and some of the fundamental ideas that the Buddha was playing with, I found great parallels to our snowboarding.

"Ways to deal with fear, ways to deal with the physical challenges, and to stay in the moment. I remember being told about this stuff by sports psychologists and trainers, but it's only making more sense now."

Lipscomb returned to snowboard six months ago after a four-year sabbatical and is impressed by the progress made in the sport, especially its impact on the Olympics.

And, like many extreme athletes, he gives the impression that winning isn't everything and that a great performance is almost as good as a medal.

"It's just a chance to bring that kind of style-oriented sport, like slopestyle," said the former two-time World Cup winner.   Continued...

Jan 16, 2014; Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury, Quebec, Canada; Crispin Lipscomb (CAN) during the half pipe men's qualifications at the FIS World Championships at Stoneham Mountain Resort. Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports