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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 15: Jonathan Cheever of the United States competes during the Men's Snowboard Cross Seeding on day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 15, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Did that U.S. Olympic Snowboarder on tv last night look familiar? He may have put in your new sink or your dishwasher. He’s a plumber. That’s right! Snowcross expert Jonathan Cheever from Saugus is a combination Olympic snowboarder/plumber.

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Many snowboarders come from wealthy families who can fund their careers. However, many Olympic hopefuls have to pay their own expenses, so Jonathan works as a full time plumber in the off season, so he can finance his snowcross career and allĀ  the travel that goes with it.

Jonathan went to Northeast Voke Tech in Wakefield and took plumbing, learning the same trade as his father and brother. After a year at UMass Lowell, he decided to follow his real passion, snowboarding, and moved out to Park City, Utah.

In 2011, he was ranked third in the world in snowcross and this year was ranked 7th in the world in the World Cup after two races.

Jonathan didn’t medal is last night’s snowcross medals, but he made it to the Olympics with old fashioned hard work and determination!

Take a look at what it has taken Jonathan to reach the Olympics in PyeongChang!

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