Boston Native Tyler Jewell Goes From Sausage Vendor to Olympic Snowboarder


Life keeps getting better for U.S. Olympic snowboarder Tyler Jewell.

According to, Jewell has gone from being a sausage vendor in New Mexico to competing in the parallel giant slalom in this year’s Vancouver Games.

The Boston native has worked many odd jobs that helped him become the Olympic snowboarder he is now.

“I've done so many different odd jobs and you know, you hear ‘the eye of the tiger,’ but it certainly has given me the eye of the tiger, and allowed me to be who I am today,” Jewell told

The sausage-vending job was doubtlessly the 32-year-old’s most interesting to date.

“What an unbelievable experience,” Jewell said.  “It taught me I had skills that I didn't know I had."

Vancouver’s a long way from a sausage stand in New Mexico, but Jewell has enjoyed the ride.

“I think that's one of the coolest things — going: Well, my back's against the wall. And I got to figure something out. And it always works out,” Jewell said. “I have to believe that I'm doing what I'm meant to be doing. I'm following my path because consistently things come along to allow me to continue to follow this path and continue my journey as an Olympic snowboarder.”

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