Famous Snowboarders and Skiers
Born in 1972, Olympic medalist Shannon Dunn grew up in the city of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She began snowboarding in 1988 and started competing in the 1990s. In the winter Olympics of 1998, she became the first woman to be awarded a medal in the sport of snowboarding. Specifically, she won a bronze medal for her performance in a half pipe competition. In addition, she earned a gold medal in 1997 when she competed in the Winter X Games.
Shaun White is well known in the world of snowboarding. In fact, he has earned two gold medals in the Olympics while competing in the half pipe. Born in San Diego, California in 1986, Shaun White developed an interest in skateboarding at an early age and had great success at it. Among his many accomplishments in the realm of snowboarding, he set a record in the Winter X Games by winning back to back gold medals in the Super pipe competition. Due to his ability to reach tremendous heights during competitions (and his red hair) he is sometimes referred to as, "The Flying Tomato. For over 5 years now, USA Snowboarder Shaun White has been sponsored by Oakley Goggles and Burton Snowboards. Other Shaun White sponsors include AT&T, Red Bull energry drinks and Target.
Born in Paxton, Massachusetts Todd Richards is an American snowboarder. He competed in the 1998 Olympics on the Half pipe team. He is known for a snowboarding move called the 'wet cat.' In the Snowboard Half pipe World Championships held in 1997, he earned a silver medal. He is owner of a snowboarding company.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1984 Lindsay Vonn is a celebrated alpine ski racer. The downhill, super G, and slalom are all competitions connected with this famous skier. One of her most notable accomplishments is winning World Cup races in each of the areas of alpine skiing. She is included in a group of five women who have had this success in the sport. In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Lindsay Vonn competed in the women's downhill event and won a gold medal. The famous skier Picabo Street, a gold medalist herself in the super giant slalom, was Lindsay Vonn's mentor early on in her career.
Jonny Moseley was born in Puerto Rico in 1975. He became interested in skiing as a young boy and discovered a great talent. In 1993, the U.S. Ski team selected Jonny to become a member. He was a gold medalist in the 1998 Olympics in a free-style skiing competition.
In the Winter Olympic games of 2006 American skier Julia Mancuso earned a gold medal. She was a competitor in the giant slalom event. Born in 1984 this native of Reno, Nevada has won five times in the World Cup. She began competing in the Olympics at just seventeen years old. Her accomplishments in the alpine skiing world as well as her vivacious personality have won her a number of notable endorsements.
By: Jennifer Frost