While many people like to take a trip up to the snowy mountains for the apres ski, mulled wine, incredible views, and yummy foods, most people don their snowsuits and their goggles to seek the snowsport thrill. Indeed, they prefer to fling themselves down steep precipices covered in snow and ice, with just two skis or one snowboard for company – and it is pretty darn awesome!
For the most part, skiers and snowboarders only do so once or twice a year during their vacation period, but there are some people who put real time and effort into their craft and spend every waking moment thinking about the cold wind on their faces, the rush of the sport, and the detail that goes into the tips and tricks all snowboarders need to know. They are the real pros.
Luckily, there is a place for these kinds of people. Yep, we’re talking about the Winter Olympics! This year, all eyes are on the female athletes competing in the snowboard events – but have you ever wondered what these talented ladies look like in real life?
This year, the world is getting ready to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, hosted by the one and only Pyeongchang in South Korea. Occurring every four years (and two years after the Summer Olympics) the Winter Olympics are the epitome of competitive winter sports. Yet, it’s not all about skiing and snowboarding. With weird and wonderful sports being added each year, viewers can watch the likes of bobsleigh, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, freestyle skiing and more. However, it’s all about the snowboarding for us…
Snowboarding is one of the most popular leisurely and competitive snowsports in the business, but when you really think about it, snowboarding might remind you of a few other sports. This is because snowboarding was developed as a hybrid of surfing, skiing, sledding, and skateboarding – because apparently two sports just wasn’t enough! Unlike skiing, snowboarding is a relatively new addition to the snowsports crew. Modern snowboarding first made an appearance in the mid-’60s, and was originally called ‘snurfing.’
Although this awesome name didn’t stick, the sport did, and it has since brought the likes of Shaun White, Torstein Horgmo, and Travis Rice into popular culture. However, it’s not all about the men in the world of snowboarding. In recent years, women have proven that they are forces to be reckoned with out in the snow, and American snowboarders have made a name for themselves as epic athletes. Yet, we only see a small part of these female snowboarders when they’re decked out in their big jackets, hats, and goggles – so what do these top US female snowboarding legends look like in real life?
Born in 1991, Ellery Hollingsworth started her snowboarding career when she was a youngster. In fact, she was just 6-years-old when she first strapped a snowboard to her feet. After training and learning at the prestigious Stratton Training School in Vermont, Ellery ventured into the foray of competitive snowboarding – which has led her down a pretty successful slope. As the first woman to ever land a 1080 (a triple spin), Ellery Hollingsworth has also competed in major competitions such as the Winter X Games, the Sprint U.S Grand Prix, and she even took part in the Olympic qualifiers in 2014.