Nine-Year Old Snowboarder Korey Frank Tears Up The Slopes

By Josh Christensen, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Korey Frank is one of the top 10 snowboarders in the nation for his age group.

No matter what the slopes bring, the nine-year old is ready for the challenge.

"My dad used to ski, so he thought I should start snowboarding, and he taught me," Korey said. "I had a lot of fun doing it, and then my dad actually switched over."

"He started when he was three," Korey's dad, Brian, said. "His grandparents got him on a little plastic snowboard. The first thing he wanted to do was jump our sidewalk with it.

"From there, we knew snowboarding was going to be something that would interest him."

Korey has done nothing but dominate the sport. In his first three competitions this season he has a first-place finish and two second-place finishes. He's also a two-time U.S.A. snowboard association regional champion.

"It's really cool," he said. "Everyone's proud. It's fun competing, it's good exercise. I just like it."

The winter Olympics are approaching, and Korey hopes to be an Olympian himself one day.

"I want to work on bigger tricks, just doing better and better each time."

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