Olympic athletes make sacrifices to chase their dreams. Then there's Justin Reiter, who took his commitment to the extreme.
The 32-year-old snowboarder from Crested Butte, Colo., packed up his Toyota Tundra and moved to Park City, Utah, with the sole focus of "getting stronger, being faster and being better." But in order to devote all of his time and energy to training for the Sochi Games, Reiter had to live out of his truck for five months.
"In the past I've always been a blue-collar athlete. I've worked full-time and trained part-time," Reiter said. "This year, I didn't want to have that. I didn't want any regrets."
Reiter packed extremely light for his extraordinary road trip.
"I brought everything that I needed – two pairs of jeans and a couple of shirts and all my toys in terms of mountain bikes and dirt bike," he said. "Things that are important to me to just be a good overall athlete."
"A lot of people have talked to me and [wondered], 'Oh wow, you lived out of your truck, how did you do that? Must be so hard,' " he continued. "[But] I got to wake up every morning with the best view in the world – for free."
Reiter is the lone U.S. competitor in the men's parallel slalom Saturday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. He finished 24th in the parallel giant slalom on Wednesday.
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