Jack Coyne doesn’t think of himself as Vail’s golden boy.

But his friends like to joke with him about being a go-to choice for Vail Mountain when it came to YouTube videos that feature the future of Vail snowboarding. One of those videos, from 2013, received more than 500,000 views.

“People always talked to me about that, but I never really put any thought to it,” he said.

Now 16, Coyne is set to begin his first season as a member of the halfpipe rookie team for U.S. Snowboarding. He was nominated to the rookie team this spring.

It’s the same track you might expect a golden boy to follow, but again, Coyne says he’s feeling no pressure.

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