City council honors local Olympian Trevor Jacob
Local Olympian Trevor Jacob returned from the Sochi Olympics to a warm reception at the City Council meeting this week. The council presented the Paso Robles snowboarder with a special commendation at its regular Tuesday night meeting. Jacob gave a brief speech, received a standing ovation and signed autographs for Girl Scouts who came to meet him.
Jacob received a certificate signed by Mayor Duane Picanco stating the “City of El Paso de Robles proudly recognizes Trevor Jacob, Member of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Snowboard Team. Representing the United States in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia is an athletic achievement that deserves recognition and commendation.
“The Paso Robles City Council and I are pleased to extend this expression of our pride in your accomplishment of achieving our country’s highest recognition for athletic success. We applaud you for the hard work and determination that led to your participation in the 2014 Olympics and for being a role model for the youth of our community. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.”
Jacob, 20, was the youngest member of the U.S. Snowboard Cross and earned the top spot after he took first place in the World Cup snowboard cross event in Andorra on Jan. 11. At the Olympics he narrowly missed out of a spot in the finals.
Born in Malibu, Jacob and his family moved to Mammoth in 2002 where he was homeschooled alongside his older brother, Jordan. The two “very active” brothers spent time biking and skateboarding with their friends and with one another. He credits his parents, Jerry and Lynn, with instilling a love for snowboarding at an early age. With support from his family – his dad has been able to travel and train with him – Jacob, at just 13, was the youngest ever to qualify for halfpipe finals in the U.S. Open and he has seen his career take a continuous climb ever since.
Paso Robles is his home now. “Paso Robles and the surrounding areas are so beautiful and I can relax here – I just love it,” Jacob said. “I can just escape the whole world when I’m home in Paso. I travel regularly to Mammoth for the snow and other areas for training, of course. But I love to return back home here where I can enjoy a more simple life in such a great area.”