Johnny Lyall

Most-Watched Snowboarder in History

Opened 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

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Johnny Lyall

On February 12, 2010, Johnny Lyall became the most-watched snowboarder in the history of television, launching through the Olympic rings in a breathtaking stunt seen by over 3 billion people. Landing smoothly in BC Place and welcoming the world to the Games is a moment that will be remembered forever. For Lyall, it was simply the culmination of a decade’s hard work.

Lyall has been snowboarding for over 10 years, professional for five of them. He has participated in competitions around the world from Montreal to San Francisco to Japan. His support is far-reaching: well-respected companies the likes of Endeavor, Oakley, Red Bull, Coors Light and others have got behind Johnny as sponsors.

During his speeches, Lyall touches on the ups and downs of his personal journey, one which catapulted him to the platform of the Opening Ceremonies. In a motivational, light-hearted and fun keynote, Lyall highlights the highly secretive, highly stressful audition and selection process, which led to him being chosen to jump through the rings. In addition, he takes you behind the scenes and lets you know what it feels like to be the one Canadian responsible for opening the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

Johnny still lives in his hometown of Vancouver.

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