Calif. wildland firefighter to compete in 2022 Winter Olympics

Shasta Lake Hotshots member Robby Burns is taking a special item with him to the Games


By Leila Merrill

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. — Wildland Firefighter Robby Burns is getting ready to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and he plans to wear something special there, the Redding Record Searchlight reported.

Burns, 31, who is from Mount Shasta, will compete in the giant slalom on Feb. 8. Taking into account time zone differences, the USA Network will air the snowboard parallel giant slalom races live at 10:30 p.m. Pacific time on Feb. 7.

Wildland Firefighter Robby Burns is a member of the Shasta Lake Hotshots who helped battle the Dixie Fire.
Wildland Firefighter Robby Burns is a member of the Shasta Lake Hotshots who helped battle the Dixie Fire. (Image/Shasta Lake Hotshots)

As he is racing on his snowboard on artificial snow, Burns will wear a belt buckle from the Shasta Lake Hotshots.

In the summer, Burns is a member of the 20-person, elite firefighting crew.

"It's a belt buckle you get after so many seasons of work on the crew," Burns said. "I'm going to wear it when I race."

Burns was one of the firefighters who worked on the Dixie Fire last summer.

His fellow hotshots, family members and community members who have supported his Olympic aspirations will be cheering for Burns at home in the U.S.

You can see Burns and the belt buckle here


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