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THE KID Is All Right
Kelli Anderson
December 22, 2003
Born a methamphetamine baby, 13-year-old Roger Carver is channeling his often out-of-control energy into brilliance on a board
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December 22, 2003

The Kid Is All Right

Born a methamphetamine baby, 13-year-old Roger Carver is channeling his often out-of-control energy into brilliance on a board

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How much better he can be remains to be seen. Next month Roger turns 14 and will become eligible to join the USASA Junior National Team. Beyond that? "His potential is limitless," says McClain. "He has all the right tools. I think if he can focus on it and if that's what he wants, then the Olympics are definitely within his reach."

There is one other big if: Adderall contains amphetamines, which are on the IOC's banned-substance list. If an opportunity to compete in the Olympics rolls around, Roger would have to wean himself from the pills. If he can't function without the medication, there is still a possibility he could compete with a therapeutic exemption. In any case, the Olympics are not a driving force in Roger's life at the moment. "If he decides to quit tomorrow, that's fine by us," says Terrie. "We didn't get into this because of the Olympics. We got into it because he has fun doing it."

He has so much fun doing it, it's hard to imagine him not continuing, though he has stopped doing other things he was good at. When he was nine, Roger announced that he was too old to continue playing soccer. Amused, Terrie asked him if he thought he'd ever be too old for snowboarding. "Oh, no," he said with confidence. "When I'm 90, you can come out and watch me."

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