Gretchen Bleiler

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  • Birth Place: Toledo, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Professional snowboarder
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  • As a child in Ohio, she dreamed of making the Olympics as a swimmer, diver, soccer or hockey player.
  • Moved with mother and brothers to Aspen at age 10 and started snowboarding at 11.
  • Credits older brothers for imbuing her with the competitive streak that led her to develop her snowboarding prowess. 
  • Joined U.S. snowboarding team just out of high school in 1999.
  • Nearly qualified for 2002 Winter Olympics, but lost out on a tiebreaker.
  • First female to perfect "The Crippler," an inverted backside 540.  
  • Only female snowboarder to attempt the daring "Michalchuk," which involves simultaneously flipping and rotating.
  • Posed for cover of FHM magazine in 2004 wearing only body paint.
  • Won silver medal in women's halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics games in Turin, Italy.
  • Nominated for an ESPY Award in 2006 and a 2007 Teen Choice Award as Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
  • Launched a clothing line with Oakley in 2008. 
  • Spokesperson for stopglobalwarming.org.

Relationships

  • Robin Gorog — Mother
  • Chris Hottel — Husband

Details

  • Birth Place: Toledo, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Professional snowboarder

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