Athlete Testimonies:

Dave Downing

Dave Downing is one of the most versatile snowboarders in the world. Highly respected in the industry, he has been named one of the Top 20 snowboarders in the world. But things have changed in the last few years, and Downing is now facing his greatest challenge yet…parenthood. Dave and his wife, two-time Olympic snowboarder Shannon Dunn-Downing, have two boys, Logan (2 years) and Dillon (10 months), and those little guys have the Downing household spinning.

At the core of this marriage of two snowboard superstars is something that might be somewhat unexpected in the world of halfpipes and ollies: Faith. Both Dave and Shannon are born-again Christians.

Maintaining balance and consistency in their family life is a priority for the Downings. And to do that, they make an effort to put God in the driver's seat. "We have God at the center of our marriage, and that's how we want it" says Dave.

Dave is still active in the snowboarding scene, especially in the free-riding area and big mountain riding. Even little Logan has been on a board- maybe someday we'll see him or his baby brother Dillon on the winter's podium. Yet, whatever happens, it's clear that this is one family with the right priorities.

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