Name: Celine Valentin
Hometown: Simsbury, CT
Current Residence: Simsbury, CT
Best Contest Result: 1st Place Junior Women Slopestyle, 2009 USASA National Championships
Name one thing that makes you wake up in the morning with a smile on your face? One thing that makes me wake up smiling in the morning is that I am having a pretty great life right now. I am healthy, doing well at school and at sports, have been accepted into several great colleges, and have supportive friends and family. The fact my family and I don’t have any serious life problem is definitely something to smile about.
What do you hope to accomplish as a member of the PacSun USASA Team? As a member of the PacSun USASA Team, I hope to progress my riding even further. Every time I get on snow, all I want to do is learn something new. With the support of PacSun, I will be able to travel and compete more, as well as be part of a respected network of athletes that I have admired for years. Being on a team with riders who I have looked up to for so long would drive me to become a better snowboarder than ever before.
Who inspires you to greatness? Why? Obama is definitely the person who inspires me to greatness. I respect him for his courage to step up in a time when the country really needs someone. I support most of the changes he proposes, and have faith that he can help the country though any hard times that come. He is taking on challenges that most people would hide from, and I find his messages powerful and his actions inspirational. When I am afraid of something, I try to put it into perspective. Hitting a bigger jump is nothing compared to fixing a fearful nation.
When you need courage before a contest or photo shoot, who do you turn to? Why? When I need courage and support, I turn to my coach Curtis Bradley. Curtis knows me and my abilities in snowboarding almost better than I do, and he has an incredible ability to make me confident in myself. I have a deep and profound respect for him both as a person and a coach. When he believes in me, I know he means it which helps me accomplish whatever goal I am trying to achieve. If I am not successful at first, he sticks with me through it all until I have that certain trick nailed. Curtis has helped me through the hardest of times, and I owe a significant part of my successes to him
What is your favorite brand at PacSun right now? My favorite brand is currently Nollie
What item of clothing at PacSun is on your wishlist? The Nollie Twist Stripe hoodie in white