3-year-old snowboarder in Iowa follows in Shaun White's footsteps

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DUBUQUE, Iowa -- A snowboarder in Iowa is turning heads on the slopes. That's because Wesley Muresan is just three years old and he's only been snowboarding for two months.

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You can't miss Wesley at Sundown Mountain in Dubuque, Iowa. He's there with his eight-year-old brother and parents several times a week.

"Both my kids are home schooled so we bought a pass here as part of their physical education class and they just loved it," says his mother Danielle.

"Like everybody on the lifts above, they're all watching him, cheering him on," says Nolan Whoe, Wesley's instructor.

They're not just cheering him on because he's a little snowboarder who manages to make it down the hill. They're cheering him on because of how he gets down the hill.

"He does rails in the big terrain park. He does launch rails, box rails, rainbow rails, he goes off jumps. He grabs his board while he's in the air," says his mother.

He even gets a little frustrated when he doesn't make a jump, but mistakes are okay when you've only been snowboarding for two months.

"We thought we'd spend all year on the beginner hill, we didn't think we'd ever be off of it. But they just love it. They do it just for the pure joy of it. You can tell they love it so much," says Danielle.

His parents say if Wesley wants to take up snowboarding competitively, they'll support him as long as he's having fun.

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