February 2 2018,  Saugus

Snowboarder guns for Gold Medal

Saugus native Jonathan Cheever will compete in Winter Olympics this month

By Mark E. Vogler

Saugus native Jonathan Cheever was training in Austria this week, as he prepared for the greatest snowboarding experience of his life — a mission to become the best in the world on the biggest stage of his sport.

A week from today (Friday), Cheever hopes to be walking with Team USA in Pyeongchang County, South Korea during the opening ceremonies of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

“The focus will be on a gold medal,” Cheever’s agent, Sho Kashima, said in an interview this week of his best friend, who is already one of the best snowboarders in the world.

Snowboarding is not the full-time profession for Cheevers, 32, who was officially named to the Olympic team about a year ago. He grew up in Saugus, where his parents — Mark Robert Cheever and Dorene M. Lewey — still live while running Mark Cheever Plumbing.

“He actually graduated from Malden Catholic High School in ’03,” Kashima said.

“Jonathan is also a licensed plumber. He’s able to support his Winter Olympic dreams by turning wrenches in the offseason, and obtaining industry sponsorships like American Standard and Bradford White Water Heaters,” he said.

“(Cheever) has been on the US Snowboarding Team since 2006. A lot of media outlets like to focus on his plumber’s license,” he said.

His parents will be leaving to support Jonathan very soon, according to Kashima.

“Jonathan’s event (SBX) is on February 15th,” Kashima said.

“He’s 17th in the World and 5th American on the FIS Grand Prix standings,” he said.

“One of his sponsors, RateGravity, did a great piece on him that was released yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch,” Kashima said.

“Jonathan is very excited to be heading to Korea soon. He has such great community support, and can’t wait to represent his hometown of Saugus, as well as the entire United States,” he said.

Town residents who want to follow Cheever’s progress, support him with encouragement or contribute to Team Cheever can to do so through the following social media channels:

Instagram: @teamcheever

https://www.facebook.com/teamcheever

https://www.teamcheever.net/blog

http://www.fis-ski.com/snowboard/cross/leader-board/

That website calls Cheever “a bonafide world traveler with nine X Games appearances, two World Championship appearances and many World Cup starts, including a handful of podiums. At X Games Aspen in 2016 Cheever finished second to teammate Nate Holland in the consolation round, placing eighth overall.”

  “FIRST TRACKS

Cheever started skiing when he was eight at Nashoba Valley, MA. During Thanksgiving ‘97 his parents had free snowboarding lessons at Attitash Bear Peak in New Hampshire. He jumped on a board and never looked back. Nate Park helped him out quite a bit when the two met in 2004 and he continues to do so. Cheever says he “didn’t know anything about anything until I met that dude.”

  “OFF THE SNOW

When Cheever isn’t on his board, he is also a plumber, which can be difficult since he works 12-hour days and still finds time to stay in shape. The way he sees it, he has no choice. It’s his goal to be at the gym at least five days a week to stay in shape for the upcoming season. “

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