Gretchen Bleiler: Aspen’s Favorite Cover Girl
Being the dogged competitor she is, Gretchen Blelier never wants to be fourth in anything.
Except this: the fourth female athlete to grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine.
Aspen’s own snowboarding siren has been asked to pose for plenty of glossy covers – most memorably for a lad magazine wearing nothing but body paint – but none of those experiences compare to this most recent one, Bleiler said Thursday.
“It’s an incredible honor,” said the 26-year-old local, whose jam-packed, ambidextrous life as a halfpipe innovator, fashion designer, pitch woman and role model is captured in precise detail in the magazine’s cover story, on newsstands now. “I haven’t experienced the fame of the magazine yet. I think it’s just so new. It is exciting. I have worked really hard in snowboarding to get where I am, and I so love to take advantage of the opportunities that I’ve had because of the success I’ve had.”
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