Chad Otterstrom is victim of FIS and ruling on prescription drug; he’s a credit to the community |

Chad Otterstrom is victim of FIS and ruling on prescription drug; he’s a credit to the community

This letter is regarding the April 3 report on Chad Otterstrom’s ban from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSSA).

I, a longtime friend of Chad’s, would like to clear a few things up about him, and the manner in which he was depicted in the article.

First, the FIS (International Ski Federation) is ruining the sport of snowboarding, and in my opinion, has been for years. (I could go on about this B.S. for pages.) With that out of the way, I would like to continue with the defense of my friend.

Chad has been a productive member of this community since 1995. He has been a big part of bringing snowboarding back to Breckenridge (not that it ever left, rather the attention of the snowboard industry) with his extensive video segments, TV interviews and magazine articles.

He has always had great pride in calling Summit County his home. In his interviews, he always mentions how wonderful of a place it is to live and play and, now, he is being depicted as a drug addict who “refused to comment” in the paper that has given him praise and congratulations in the past.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency says that Chad “failed to provide an explanation for the positive test.” Chad Has been out of the country for the last six weeks and the most of this year away from home on the road.

Chad didn’t do anything wrong.

Methylphenidate is a prescription drug. Most of us know somebody who has had to take it. Chad takes this drug for reasons that I feel are not appropriate for me to mention now because that is his personal business. I will say that if you were to type “methylphenidate” in any search engine in the Internet, you would figure out what the drug is.

Lastly, like any professional athlete, Chad is very busy. Chad did not refuse to comment; maybe he was unable to comment. Chad was dealing with other things and would have been more than happy to answer any questions at a later time. Perhaps next time you want to get an immediate comment from someone you could mention that you are going to bash their reputation and humiliate them publicly if they don’t want to cooperate.

Chad has worked very very hard to get where he is and I don’t think that he deserves the very negative attitude.

The authorless article was written in poor taste and I feel that he deserves more respect than that of which he received. This community and the local media should stand behind their stars and celebrities.

Chad is a good person, and Summit County should not have been subjected to such a sad depiction of him. Chad is an amazing athlete who has had dreams of the Olympics, and those dreams were very attainable until now. Snowboarding needs to separate itself from the FIS and the USSSA. I have a good feeling that this issue will be resolved by Chad and that stupid ski organization in the near future.

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