Meet Gretchen Bleiler, the hottie professional halfpipe snowboarder. See her photos, video, and a biography of Gretchen here!
Gretchen Bleiler is in the news as she won first place in the women’s Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix Saturday. It was the first competition of the season, and Bleiler admits that it takes her a little while to get back to the level she was at during the summer.
Her first run scored a 45.3, which featured a crippler, triple inside alley-oop, triple inside five, back-side five and front 900.
“I finally broke through today and did all the tricks I wanted to do,” said Bleiler.
Gretchen took home the grand prize of $14,000. Second place went to Kelly Clark, and Hannah Teter took third.
As a biography, Gretchen was born on April 10, 1981 in Toledo, Ohio. She is 5 feet five inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. She and her family moved to Aspen, Colorado when she was 10 years old. The following year, she learned how to snowboard because her brothers were riding, and she hasn’t stopped since. She became a professional snowboarder in 1996. She is a pioneer in her sport, becoming the first female rider to land a Crippler 540 in competition, and won numerous halfpipe competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2006. She has won X Games gold twice – in 2003 and 2005.
In 2006, Gretchen won the silver medal in the women’s halfpipe during the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Gretchen is quite busy off the slopes as well. She is a consultant and also models for her own line of clothing, eyewear, and accessories for Oakley. She has inked deals with Nike, Napster, and Dunkin’ Donuts, just to name a few. She currently is also testing and designing her own K2 snowboard.
Gretchen is also the spokeswoman for the fight against global warming. She has appeared in print ads for Aspen Skiing Co.’s “Save Snow” campaign and is an advocate for stopglobalwarming.org.
Check out Gretchen’s blog here.
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