Snowboarding is no longer hands free…
In the male dominated world of snowboarding it’s easy to forget that members of the fairer sex also enjoy and often dominate the sport. After all we kind of all look alike when after donning endless layers of gear, a beanie and a pair of goggles. But women do indeed kill it snowboarding, and these ones in particular can shred with the best of them. They’re not too hard on the eyes either. The list contains both snowboarders that are currently active and competing and those who have retired but still contribute a lot to the sport.
So in no particular order, here’s our Hot Ten…
- Nationality: Australian
- Born: 27 Dec 1986 (30), Cooma, N.S.W.
- Height: 1.61m (5’3)
- Sponsors: Roxy, Rhythm Snowsports
There was never much doubt about where Torah Bright was heading in sport. She was on skis at the age of two, snowboarding at 11, and had turned professional by the time she was 14.In 2010 Bright carried the Australian flag in the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics, and qualified first for the women’s Snowboard Halfpipe final. She crashed on the first of her two runs, but leaped into first place, winning gold on her third with a series of gravity-defying tricks, culminating in a switch backside 720 – a double spinning manoeuvre performed by no other woman in the competition. Torah lives a good clean life, having never touched drugs or alcohol and has been a member of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints for most of her life. Safe to take home to mom then??
- Nationality: English
- Born: 21 July 1991 (25), Farnborough, U.K.
- Height: 1.63m (5’4)
- Sponsors: Roxy, Vans, Jeep
Aimee Nicole E. Fuller is a British slopestyle snowboarder who represented Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Aimee is now a well-established member of the snowboarding community. Focusing primarily on Slopestyle events, she has already racked up a series of impressive results in her career. Highlights include winning the Dachstein Pleasure Jam two years running, coming second at the Nescafe Leysin Championships in 2012 and placing third in the Roxy Snow Pro that same year. A 3rd Place at the WST Spring battle, and the first women to land a double in competition at the X Games.
Check out Aimee at: aimeefuller.co.uk
- Nationality: American
- Born: 17 Aug 1989 (27), Kauai, Hawaii.
- Height: 1.57m (5’2)
- Sponsors: GoPro, Nixon, Rockstar Energy, Volcom
Born on Kauai and raised in Lake Tahoe, California, Elena Hight is one of professional snowboarding’s shining stars. At 13-years-old, Elena became the first female to land a 900 in competition; and in 2013, she became the first snowboarder, male or female, to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo at the Winter X Games Superpipe finals in Aspen, Colorado. Now at 24-years-old, she’s already a two-time Olympian and quickly asserted herself as one of the most recognised females in the sport. In addition to snowboarding, Elena’s passion for running, yoga, surfing and cooking balance her love for living an active, healthy life. Elena’s personality is often described as the “All-American” girl next door with an incredible athletic talent. Wow!
Check out Elena at: elenahight.com
- Nationality: American
- Born: 10 April 1981 (36), Toledo, Ohio.
- Height: 1.65m (5’5)
- Sponsors: Nike, Oakley, K2 Snowboards
Gretchen Elisabeth Bleiler is an American professional halfpipe snowboarder. Bleiler aspired to compete in the Winter X Games from a very young age, and found her passion in snowboarding at age 11. She has been riding ever since and became professional in 1996. Among her accomplishments, she jump-started the invert revolution for female riders as the first to land a Crippler 540 in competition, and won more halfpipe competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2006 than any other female snowboarder. In the pre-Olympic season she won four of the five US Olympic halfpipe qualifiers and is also a four-time X Games gold medallist.
Check out Gretchen at: gretchenbleiler.com
- Nationality: Bulgarian
- Born: 5 Oct 1987 (29), Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Height: 1.67m (5’5)
- Sponsors: None
Alexandra Zhekova (A.K.A Jekova)is a snowboarder from Bulgaria, the only professional snowboarder in the whole country. She was the flag bearer for the Bulgarian Olympic team in the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver and competed in snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom.At Winter X Games XVI, Zhekova became the first Bulgarian to win a medal at the X Games, capturing silver in Snowboard X. She has no major sponsors but has the backing of the entire country of Bulgaria…and the guys down at snowboard.com.
- Nationality: Russian
- Born: 27 May 1989 (27), Novosibirsk, Russia.
- Sponsors: None
- Height: 1.75m (5’9)
Alena Zavarzina is a Russian snowboarder that makes us remember all the good reasons why the cold war ended. Zavarzina competed for Russia in the 2010 Winter Olympics in parallel giant slalom, finishing 17th. Zavarzina later won the gold medal at the 2011 FIS World Snowboarding Championships held in Spain In 2009, she won her first race in the snowboard world cup in Telluride, Colorado. She won the bronze medal in parallel giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
- Born: 27 Jan 1987 (30), Belmont, Vermont.
- Height: 170m (5’7)
Hannah Teter won gold in her 2006 Olympic halfpipe debut and immediately did something with it. She started Hannah’s Gold maple syrup, which benefits an impoverished village in Kenya. Four years later she added silver to her collection in Vancouver and stepped up her fundraising efforts for those in need with Sweet Cheeks Panties, her sassy underwear brand that donates 40% of its proceeds to feed undernourished children around the globe through Children International.
A second-place finish at the Burton US Open in Vail in March 2013 began Teter’s full-throttle road to Sochi. She added a backside 900 to her extensive bag of tricks to start the 2014 season and landed second and third at the final two Olympic qualifiers to clinch her third U.S. Olympic Team spot. A fourth-place finish in Sochi, a mere 1.25 points shy of Kaitlyn Farrington’s gold medal run, has already fuelled the fire for 2018.
- Nationality: Norwegian
- Born: 1 Sep 1993 (23), Kongsberg, Norway
- Height: 1.67m (5’6)
- Sponsors: Rockstar, Nike, Oakley, Monster Energy, K2 Snowboards
With a riding style that’s bringing together a combination of progressive tricks and smooth style, Silje managed to get on some of the biggest podiums of the snowboarding world. To name few, she won her first X Games gold in Tignes in 2013. After this, she went for gold at both the Winter X Games Slopestyle competitions in Aspen in 2014 and 2015 – not bad at all!
Now, Silje is one of the leading lights in women’s snowboarding and, yes, she isn’t bad looking either.
- Nationality: Canadian
- Born: 2 Dec 1978 (38), Vancouver, B.C.
- Height: 1.7m (5’7)
- Sponsors: Whistler Blackcomb, Oakley, Canada-Snowboard.
Maëlle Danica Ricker is a retired Canadian snowboarder, who specialised in snowboard cross. She won an Olympic gold medal in the snowboard cross event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to become the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal on home soil at the Olympics. She is also the 2013 World Champion and two-time Winter X Games Champion.
Maëlle went to her fourth Olympic Games at Sochi 2014 as the defending Olympic champion in ladies’ snowboard cross, but also with a cast on her left wrist after breaking it during a training accident on January 28. She went on to finish 21st, after falling in the quarterfinals
- Nationality: Norwegian
- Born: 6 March 1990(27), Trondheim, Norway.
- Height: 1.6m(5’3)
- Sponsors: Burton, Anon, Red
Linn Haug is a snowboarding sweetheart. Hailing from Trondheim in Norway, Haug has been snowboarding most of her life. She began to compete professionally from the age of 15 and later became a member of the Norwegian National Team and the Burton European Team in the 06/07 season. Linn Haug represented Norway at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for the halfpipe events. However, she crashed during both of her runs and placed 27th out of 30, thus not qualifying for the semi-finals. Linn retired from professional snowboarding in 2012 stating that she wanted to pursue family life, a loss to us in more ways than one.
Check out Linn at: linnhaug.com
So that’s our top ten of the hottest women representing our sport today. Agree or disagree? Join our forums to discuss or leave a comment below…
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