At the young age of 3, William Van Gilder donned his first pair of skis and hit the slopes at Camelback Ski Area. By the age of 16, he dropped the skis completely, developed a passion for snowboarding and soon after began participating competitively in snowboard events. Thirty-four years later, Bill, as his friends call him, became an Olympic official working as a member of the Independent Olympic Committee during the most recent Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Bill at his family’s restaurant, Van Gilder’s Jubilee, located in Pocono Pines along Route 940, to discuss how he climbed through the industry ranks to officiate during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Snowboarding and Ski events, not to mention participate in all the excitement that took place.

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