Winter Olympics 2010 Team USA: Women's Snowboarding

On January 25, 2010, only a few weeks before the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the US Snowboarding team was announced by the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). 18 American athletes have hopes held high as they prepare and train for perhaps the biggest event of their lives. Go Team USA!

Women's Snowboarding

There are eight women set to compete in the snowboarding events at the 2010 Olympics. Some are newbies while others are veterans of the Olympics, but all are very talented athletes who are eager to get the gold.

Halfpipe

Gretchen Bleiler, 28

Hailing from Aspen, Colorado, Gretchen Bleiler has been snowboarding for 14 years, since she was 14 years old. Her years of hard work have paid off: Gretchen won a silver medal in the 2006 Olympics, placing second only to Hannah Teter who is also returning this year. Gretchen is also a three-time gold-medal winner of the X Games and is a pro when it comes to halfpipe. She was the first female snowboarder to land the crippler (inverted backside 540) in competition.

Gretchen Bleiler spent her childhood in Ohio, but her life changed when her family moved to Colorado. She discovered a great love for snowboarding, and the rest is history. She has won numerous medals in the halfpipe. In 2008, Gretchen designed a clothing line for Oakley. Recently, Gretchen married Chris Hotell, who she had been dating since 2003. Gretchen and Chris had a destination wedding in Costa Rica in June 2009.

Kelly Clark, 26

Kelly Clark, recognized as one of the top female snowboarders in the world, is back for more. At only 18 years of age, she won gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Even though she only placed fourth in the 2006 Olympics, Kelly is still a champion in her sport. She has won many competitions, including two X Games gold medals.

Growing up in Vermont, snowboarding came naturally to Kelly Clark. Her first board was one of those cheap plastic things from K Mart. At 18, Kelly was at the top of her sport. She had an Olympic gold medal, fame, and everything she could have wanted. But Kelly claims that all this wasn’t enough until she believed in Jesus Christ.

Kelly Clark...not Kelly Clarkson!

Elena Hight, 20

Elena may be young, but she isn’t new to the Olympics. In Torino 2006, she placed sixth in the halfpipe, not bad considering her competition. She won a bronze medal at the 2007 Winter X Games. Elena was the youngest female rider to land a backside 900 in a halfpipe competition.

Surprisingly enough, Elena was born in Kauai, Hawaii, not exactly the usual place where snow-lovers are bred. Nevertheless, Elena started snowboarding at an early age, and has been competing for years. Elena always wears a helmet in competition due to several head injuries. She is bound to impress with her progressive style.

From Hawaii to Tahoe

Hannah Teter, 23

Hannah Teter is definitely a rider to watch. She has won every major halfpipe competition there is, except the US Open. In the 2006 Olympics, Hannah won the gold medal at only 19 years old.

 

A native of Vermont, Hannah comes from a family of snowboarders. The youngest of the Teter siblings, Hannah has claimed more fame than any of them. But even with all the glory of being a top athlete, Hannah has found the time to be an active donor to several charities, including her own called “Hannah’s Gold” for which she sells Vermont maple syrup. She donated all of her prize money from 2009 to help a village in Kenya.

Shots of Maple Syrup?

SBX (Snowboard Cross or Boardercross)

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, 24

To many, Callan Chythlook-Sifsof is an unrecognized name. But Callan holds her own in snowboard cross. She placed third in her very first World Cup. Although Callan suffered an injury in 2009, she is back on her board and ready for her first Olympics.

 

Callan, of Eskimo blood, grew up in the middle of nowhere, a.k.a. the “bush” of Alaska. She used to snowboard down a small hill near her home. Although she has had quite a bit of success in competitive snowboarding, Callan is planning on going to school to be an astronaut.

 

Faye Gulini, 17

Newcomer Faye, Gulini, has been rising in the ranks in superpipe as well as SBX. As the youngest rider on the snowboarding team, Faye has a lot to compete against.

Faye grew up in the Rocky Mountains, home to some of the world’s best powder conditions. Still in high school, Faye will have to balance her school with her snowboarding.

Lindsey Jacobellis, 24

Lindsey Jacobellis is coming back to her second Olympics. Almost getting the gold, she won a silver medal in Torino at the Olympic debut of snowboardcross. Lindsey is recognized as the most successful boardercross competitor, men and women included, winning many competitions, including the X Games and numerous World Cups.

Lucky Lindsey was first interested in snowboarding as a child because of her brother’s activity in the sport. Growing up in New England, snowboarding has been a huge part of her life.

Oh the snowflakes

PGS (Parallel Giant Slalom)

Park City, home of the 2006 Olympics
Park City, home of the 2006 Olympics

Michelle Gorgone, 26

Michelle Gorgone had a good season in 2009, competing in the World Cup series. 2010 will be Michelle’s second Olympics. She placed 22nd in PGS in Torino.

An Italian from Boston, Michelle Lynn was named after a Michelin commercial. But her nickname is “Pirelli” after the Italian racing tires. Michelle is best known for her snowboarding skills, but she is also a singer. Before the Olympics, she auditioned for American Idol. After snowboarding, Michelle plans on going to college to study advertising.

Vote on your favorite female rider

Who's your favorite?

  • Gretchen Bleiler
  • Kelly Clark
  • Elena Hight
  • Hannah Teter
  • Callan Chythlook-Sifsof
  • Faye Gulini
  • Lindsey Jacobellis
  • Michelle Gorgone
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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This was very cool, Rose West! (sorry for the lousy joke) I had no idea of the successes of these young and talented women until now. Thanks for introducing me to them by writing this wonderful hub! Go Team USA!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha, funny, Dohn :D Thanks for your comment! The snowboarding team this year has tons of rad riders. It's going to be an exciting Olympics!


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 6 years ago

Great, great, great hub, Rose! How exciting to read. It's been awile since I've kept up with winter sports. Used to live in Vail, Colordo and was able to attend a lot of X-games and the World Cup 1999. It's great to be introduced to the women's Olymic Team, I'll have to be sure to tune in. It is so exciting to watch. Thank you.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh sweet, I've always wanted to go to the X Games! I used to live in Colorado too, but never made it. The Olympics should be pretty cool this year. I'm glad you stopped by to read ... I'm planning on publishing another hub on the men's snowboarding team (the flying tomato is back!)


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon

Wow, this is going to be an amazing competition! Any idea where someone could watch it online?


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

It sure is! I'm not sure exactly about watching it online. But you might try the NBC site: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Thank you for participating in the Winter Sports HubMob. Your hub has been added to the HubMob round-up hub for Winter Sports.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, rmcrayne! I'm so glad to join the HubMob!


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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Snow Boarding looks like such a cool sport. I'm looking for to watching the Winter Olympics. Welcome to HubMob from another newbie HubMobster.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks so much for stopping by, Tn Flash! Snowboarding is a really cool sport - it's fun to do and to watch :)


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screation 6 years ago

my favorite aspects of the sport is women's snowboarding. I love seeing the growth of the number of ladies on the hills and watching this sport grow into a truly gender-equal activity.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi screation, thanks for reading! I'm watching the future Olympians compete on the X Games right now. These girls are really talented! They're not able to pull off as much magnitude in their tricks as the guys are, but still they are doing some pretty ridiculous tricks! The sport has really grown in the past few years.


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couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

Hi!Great work. Snowboarding is really cool sport. Hope to see more about snowboarding. n yeah pictures are awesome. Thank you for a lovely hub....


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ateenyi 6 years ago from Chicago

Awesome Hub Indeed!!!!!

This hub can be regarded as most intriguing hub. Snowboarding is the most enjoyable sport. Picture displayed are sparklingly beautiful. Thanks a lot for providing so much fun, enjoyment and amusement.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

couponalbum, so glad you came by! Snowboarding is a great sport; it's come a long way over the years.

ateenyi, thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed...it was a lot of fun to put together.


J-DOG 6 years ago

Im from vancouver, and i know i should be liking the canadian team better, but canada to tell you all the truth canada SUCKS! USA is way better, always has and always will be! i love America and i really want the them to do super grate in the 2010 games!!! and im really hoping Faye Gulini comes in fist! shes an awesome snowboater for sure!! GO TEAM USA!!!


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Jessay 6 years ago from USA

Wonderful. It is amazing how accomplished these young women are. They look like kids. Anyhow, wonderful and thorough hub. Nice job.


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festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Can't wait for these women to do great and get their hard earned hardware!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

J-Dog, I honestly don't know the snowboarders on the Canadian team (are there any?) But I agree, US snowboarders are the bomb! I think they really dominate the sport, but then again, I could be biased. Have fun in Vancouver! Oh and thanks for loving America :)

Jessay, it is amazing. These women are so young, and yet they are great at what they do.

festersporling1, gold silver and bronze all the way!

Thank you all for reading and commenting!


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Great hub, Some really talented athletes. Thanks.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for reading, Truth from Truth. Team USA is truly exceptional, in my opinion.


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Benson Yeung 6 years ago from Hong Kong

thanks for the great read.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Very enjoyable hub. Looks like alot of fun.


Illuminati 6 years ago

awesome collection... thanx.


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leela123 6 years ago from West Virginia

Very nice!! Enjoyed it!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Benson Yeung, thanks for reading!

lovelypaper, Snowboarding is a ton of fun.

Illuminati, thanks for your kind comment.

leela123, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


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ateenyi 6 years ago from Chicago

Tremendously Pleasurable Hub!!!!!!!!!!

The hub can be regarded as one of the most captivating hub. Snowboarding is immensely popular now a days. The player such as Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Elena Hight, Hannah Teter, Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, Faye Gulini, Lindsey Jacobellis, Michelle Gorgone are immensely popular among masses. After going through this fascinating hub, I am feeling very much young, vibrant, dynamic and colorful. Photographs displayed are sparklingly beautiful. Thanks for providing so much enjoyment and fun.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

ateenyi, I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Snowboarding is a great sport!


American Cam 6 years ago

very cool. I like them.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Me too, American Cam!


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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Great hub. Since we don't have a TV, I'm sorta out of the loop about teh Olympics. It is good to have such a detailed hub. Thanks!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for reading, GojiJuiceGoodness. I'm glad I could help you out with some Olympics info. Since you don't have TV, you might want to check out nbc.com for updates on the Olympics.


Unknown 6 years ago

Wow! I have a school project, and I am deciding to choose snowboarding as my sport! I also have to pick a SNOWBOARDER! I'm having a hard time choosing who! All the snowboarders are so young! Who do you think I should pick?!


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Runway 6 years ago from New York

Thanks for the hub! I love the women snowboarders!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Well, "Unknown," snowboarding is a great choice! But how to choose just one snowboarder ... that's hard! As to girls, you might consider Kelly Clark or Hannah Teter. They are both Olympians and both would be interesting to study. As to guys, Shaun White is always a favorite. But you might want to go with Chris Klug who is a veteran snowboarder and has come a long way, having survived a liver transplant, but he still competes in the Olympics! I hope this helps, and I'm flattered you asked my opinion! You might like to check out my other hub about the men's snowboarding team.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Runway, thank you so much for reading! I think we have a great snowboarding team this year. The sport is progressing a lot!


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Trademelove 6 years ago

I heard someone died at the winter Olympics - Flew straight into a metal pole on the ice


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes, his name was Nodar Kumaritashvili. He was a luger representing the country of Georgia. He was only 21 years old. What a tragic loss ... my heart goes out to his family.


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J.S.Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Great Hub!

My heart goes out to Nodar Kumaritashvili's family. He died doing what he loved! Very Tragic!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for coming by, J.S. Matthew. What happened to Nodar Kumaritashvili was very sad and tragic. I'm glad that they have altered the luge course to be safer.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Excellent hub - all you need to know about women's snowboarding!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for your comment, billyaustindillon. I'm glad you liked it!


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Richard Armen 6 years ago

I'm a big fan of Hannah Teter.


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Albertttt 6 years ago

Very good and interesting hub.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Richard, Hannah Teter could bring home the gold again. You never know!

Thank you for reading, Albertttt!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

What a well written hub! My little cousin lives to snowboard and she broke her leg a few weeks ago which has put her out for the season....I know watching the Olympics right now is depressing her..poor thing. It is such a great sport though!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for coming by, theherbivorehippi! Your poor little cousin ... winter is the worst time to break a leg for a snowboarder (although anytime is a bad time to break a leg). I hope she recovers soon and gets back on that board!


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Dan Carson 6 years ago

Snowboarding is a great sport to watch and I wish I had tried it when I was younger.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Dan, snowboarding is fun to watch, but it's even more fun to do! You should try it; it's never too late.


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hudsonj1994 6 years ago from Alabama

So awesome! The women snowboarders are so good!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes they are, hudsonj1994! And tonight is women's SBX (I think) ... Hawaii is the last place to watch it though; everything gets delayed :)


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wowik 6 years ago

Very nice!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for coming by, wowik.


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mydetective 6 years ago from Illinois

Snow Boarding is a great-great competition, actually it is one of my favorite sports. all snowboarders have a great fun or enjoy here.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

mydetective, snowboarding is a wonderful sport. And the Olympic team seems so down to earth and easy-going.


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Amez 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! well done, a much more personel view than some of the other programs on the internet, for the womens Snow Boarding, I just loved the Photes, especially No.7 There was a Jet's Hot Gas Emission tail in the sky that looks as if she's riding it.

Ten Huggs for your excellent hub. Thanks Ed


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Ed, I really appreciate your comment! You're right about that picture ... I hadn't noticed that before! Snowboarding is such a fun sport, and I really had a lot of fun putting this together.


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tal g mel 6 years ago

great hub!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you, tal g mel!


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

Great hub! Wish I was young enough to rip around like they do.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

lender3212000, thank you for reading. Well, you're never too old to try snowboarding. And anyway, only a few people in the world can ride like these athletes can.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I know they are going to kick butt! My TV is on the Winter Olympics half of the day! The women are my favorite!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

2besure, the Olympics are really fun to watch! Thank you for coming by.


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shoban babu 6 years ago from Los Angles

Olympics are always a great fun.

thanks for the wonderful information


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Massagetherapistf 6 years ago from Carolyns Circle Plano, TX

Exciting!!!!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

shoban babu, the Olympics are a lot of fun to watch, but I imagine it's a lot more fun to be a part of.

Massagetherapistf, thanks for coming by to read!


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Dirt Diva 6 years ago from Vermont

Great Hub Rose! I spent a lot of time on snow with most of the girls in your Hub. Lindsey, Kelly, and Hannah came up through the Southern Vermont Snowboard Series and then moved on to bigger and better things! I was at the height of my racing career when Michelle was coming up through the ranks. So fun to see them all doing well and having a good time! I have a fun picture of Gretchen at my coffee house sporting a sweet whip cream mocha mustache! I also had tickets to SBX at Cypress, but they were canceled by VANOC. So, I went to Whistler instead and watched Women's Luge!


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Dirt Diva, thanks for coming by! That's so cool that you actually know these talented ladies! I always enjoy watching them perform, but only on TV so far (not many snowboard competitions come to Hawaii :) It must be amazing to be so involved in these sports - sounds like your quite talented yourself! Thanks for your comment - it's nice to hear from an insider!


ed77burns 5 years ago

Pics and videos are great to watch.Thanks for sharing with us.Super-cool hub!!


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan Author

ed77burns, thanks for reading! It was great putting this together :)

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