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Gretchen Bleiler

Snowboarder / Entrepreneur

Gretchen Bleiler is without a doubt one of the most accomplished female snowboarders of all time. The 2006 Olympic silver-medalist got her start on the slopes at age 11, and it didn’t take long for her to become a true pioneer in the sport, pushing the limits in women’s snowboarding half-pipe competitions with high-flying tricks.

The Grand-Prix and X-Games-winning athlete has expanded her career off the hill, as well, designing an outerwear, clothing, goggle and accessory-line for Oakley, hosting on-air spots for Yahoo Sports and other TV and multi-media programs, starring in the snowboard movie, “Stance,” and serving as an active spokesperson against global warming, working closely with In 2010, Gretchen was selected by Mattel’s Barbie to be a spokesperson for them—as one of ten “Women to Watch”— a part of their inspirational “I can be…” campaign.

Gretchen’s list of feats is vast, and one of her most recent ventures has been co-founding ALEX, a sustainable water bottle company with her husband, Chris Hotell. Of course, Gretchen is still snowboarding, and will compete throughout the 2011/2012, to help push the sport even further ahead.

Career Highlights

  • 2011 Winter Dew Tour, Killington, Halfpipe, 2nd Place
  • 2010 Guinness World Record: Most Winter X Game Gold Women’s Superpipe Finals-4
  • 2010 Winter X Games, Women’s SuperPipe, Gold Medalist
  • 2009 Sprint USSA Grand Prix, Halfpipe, Copper, CO, 2nd Place
  • 2008 Winter X Games, Women’s SuperPipe, Gold Medalist
  • 2007 Breckenridge Grand Prix, 1st Place
  • 2007 Winter X Games, Women’s SuperPipe, Silver Medalist
  • 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, Torino, Italy
  • 2006 Overall Grand Prix Champion
  • 2005 Winter X Games & Gravity Games, Copper, Women’s Halfpipe, 1st Place
  • FIS World Cup 1st Place, Bardonecchia, Italy, 1st Place
  • 2003 Winter X Games, Women’s SuperPipe, 1st Place

Special Awards and Accolades

  • 2010: Sportswoman Hall of Fame for Snowboarding
  • One of five athletes featured in 2010 Wii video game, “Triple Crown Championship Snowboarding”
  • National Geographic’s 2008 Adventure of the Year Award for Spirit
  • 2008 “Best Action Sports Female” ESPY



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