Garrett Geros didn’t get the chance to tell his family that he had been selected to the United States Paralympic snowboarding team for the 2019-20 season.
They already knew.
Just as Geros was learning the news himself, the 2018 Cartersville High graduate received a phone call from his step-mom. She was already crying tears of joy.
“It just made me happy that I made my family proud and that I’d come back from just a terrible thing and made the best of it,” said Garrett Geros, who now resides in Colorado.
His story of recovering from a devastating vehicular accident that cost him the lower half of his left leg is well known across Bartow County. Even still, Geros continues to inspire with accomplishment after accomplishment.
First, he earned a pair of medals in his inaugural snowboarding competition. Next, he landed a spot on the American team competing in the world championships earlier this year in Finland. Now, Geros celebrates picking up one of eight roster spots for the upcoming world cup, which runs from November 2019 to April 2020.
“First, I was not believing it, because it just hit me so fast,” Geros said of his national team selection, which was announced Tuesday. “… This is amazing. I’ve been working so hard for this, getting back through physical therapy for three years.”
Despite having started competing barely more than a year ago, Geros has already checked off plenty of boxes en route to his ultimate goal of reaching the Paralympic Games. His performance in the world championships, in particular, have boosted the hopes of Geros, who currently sits among the top-10 ranked in men’s snowboard cross LL2.
“Just getting to the world championships boosted my confidence,” Geros said. “I wasn’t the best out there, but to be able to hang with the best and have a top-10 finish, getting seventh, at world champs in my first year competing on the circuit just gave me the most confidence I’ve ever had in a sport.”
He’ll look to build even more confidence during the world cup’s five-month season.
“I’m really excited, because I know I’m at the level of competition I need to be,” Geros said. “… It makes me happy that I’m up there after just one year on the grind and constantly working. I’m just really excited for the next season. I think I’m going to do really well — maybe get some podium finishes, hopefully, just have fun and do what I love to do.”