Olympics Day 2022
April 1st, 2022
"BACK TOGETHER - STRONGER THAN EVER"
JJ Thomas has been a professional snowboarder since the age of 15, and has an impressive collection of medals – from X-Games Gold to being awarded the Olympic Bronze Medal in the Halfpipe Competition in Salt Lake City, 2002 - one of the first snowboarding Olympics ever.
He currently serves as the Head Coach of the US Snowboard Halfpipe Developmental Team, as well as has coached multiple medal-winning Olympic US Snowboarders. He was also an integral part of the current US Snowboarding Olympic Coaching Team in Beijing, this past February 2022.
JJ was a trailblazer from the start - even in the perceived counterculture of pro snowboarding in the early years – and helped establish the current culture that now produces some of the most high-performing professional athletes in the world.
Like most professional snowboarders, JJ also had his fair share of setbacks – early in his career, he faced injury after injury and, at one time, was told he would never compete at a high level again. Rather than give up – JJ used this as fuel and fire to stage many an impressive comeback. In a sport that was (at the time) riddled with inconsistent practice schedules, lack of physical training and nutrition, JJ did the opposite. He secured a trainer, dietitian, and a personal snowboard coach, all going unnoticed until he qualified for the 2002 Olympics - eventually going on to win the Olympic Bronze Medal.
His focus, determination, discipline, and success did not go unrecognized. Many high-level athletes in the sport took notice, including then two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Shaun White. JJ became Shaun’s personal coach prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang and - under JJ’s mentorship - Shaun secured his third Olympic Gold Medal in the halfpipe, ensuring his place in history as one of the greatest and most accomplished extreme athletes of all time.
JJ and Shaun’s latest Olympic “ride” together was this past February 2022 at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. JJ stood by his entire team of athletes and will continue to strive for and support their future success.
WHAT IS OLYMPICS DAY ALL ABOUT?
Olympics Day is one of the most memorable events for the children of Canyon. It's the only event that the children run. Literally. Olympics Day is a chance for everyone - from the most athletic
to the most cerebral, from the very social, to the very timid - to achieve great things together.
Olympics Day is a remarkable fundraiser where our kids run with their classmates, by class, to raise money to support school programs (P.E., enrichment, science, art, music, etc.). It is one of Canyon's BIGGEST fundraisers and every penny raised goes right back to keeping our school #1 in Southern California.
Fundraising is done online, and this year, we are raising money by grade level. Whichever grade raises the most money will WIN a popsicle party, and prizes will also be given to students who raise certain dollar amounts, in varying tiers.
All details for Olympics Day will be announced and handed out to students and parents alike at our
Kick - Off Assembly on March 18th.
We are so excited to be bringing this event back to campus - live and in-person!
WHEN IS OLYMPICS DAY?
Olympics Day is happening this year on APRIL 1st, 2022.
Kick-off Assembly is on MARCH 18th, 2022.
Fundraising will take place over the two weeks in between.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities both for prepping the event, as well as on the day of.
If you have any questions or would like to help, please email the Olympics Day Committee at
SPONSOR OLYMPICS DAY
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Families can help sponsor everything from t-shirts to medals to post-run popsicles. Please ask us how to help!
Questions or Problems?
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CHECK OUT ALL OUR AMAZING PAST OLYMPIANS!
BLake LEEPER VISITs CANYON VIA Zoom in 2020
GREG LOUGANIS VISITS IN 2019
MICHELLE KWAN Visits in 2018
APOLO OHNO VISITS IN 2017
SUGAR RAY LEONARD VISITS IN 2016