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Special Guest Nic Roldan
At age 30, Nic Roldan has become an icon in the dangerous and exciting world of international, high-goal polo where injury can be just as prevalent as a champagne toast. Fueled by intensity, passion and raw talent, Nic holds many of the highest accolades prized by the adrenaline-charged sport and is one of the highest ranked players in the United States today.
Born in Buenos Aires and raised in the United States and Brunei, Nic remembers swinging a polo mallet by age four. His father, Raul Roldan, who played for the Sultan of Brunei’s team for many years, provided early inspiration for the prodigy. Nic captured his first major win – the coveted U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipTM – in 1998 with team Escue shortly after reaching professional status at age 14. Nic ended his inaugural season with the title, Young Player of the Year. The win and title earned him standing alongside seasoned players and catapulted him onto the polo world’s list of most celebrated athletes.
Nic has charged polo fields on five continents and has won the Camara de Diputados of Argentina, The Bronze and Gold Cup in Sotto Grande, Spain and the Melbourne Cup in Australia. His roster of wins quickly grew to include the C.V. Whitney Cup, Pacific Coast Open, Texas Open, Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge, Monty Waterbury and the Gold Cup of the Americas, all of which he has won twice. Nic spends two or three months a year in Argentina, perfecting every aspect of his game under the watchful eyes of polo veterans. His career ambition is to reach 10-goal status and win the Argentine Open, claim a second U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipTM victory and propel popularity for the sport.
Polo’s hottest rising star has attracted a variety of opportunities including host of the annual Charity Polo Classic in the Hamptons as well as numerous guest appearances on a host of television shows. In 2012, Nic was the recipient of the prestigious Harriman Cup, honoring individuals who have made huge contributions to the world of polo. His rugged good looks and exceptional physique have also garnered attention, landing him recognition in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times and as one of Vanity Fair’s 10 Hottest Horsemen. From photo shoots with GQ Taiwan to the covers of Hamptons magazine and Palm Beach Illustrated, Nic is quickly reaffirming his position as the sports world’s latest stunner.
Few athletes have enjoyed a similar level of success at such a young age. Nic Roldan sets the gold standard and it becomes only more apparent as his career churns onward.