Since an early age Gretchen Bleiler dreamed of representing her country in the Olympics and coming home with a medal. She achieved this in Turin in 2006 when she won silver in the Women's Halfpipe event. It was an ambition realised and something she considers her biggest achievement to this day. Gretchen is now the proud owner of her own Oakley Apparel Line and has won a variety of competitions to build on her Olympic success. She won first place in the Winter X Games and the Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix in 2010. In 2008, she won the Dew Tour Contest, X Games Half-Pipe Competition and the Snow Angels Invitational (an all female invitational contest that she helped to create). In 2007, she got 1st place in the Breckenridge Grand Prix, Abominable Snow Jam and the Grand Prix Competition in Tamarack. In 2006, she won the Overall Grand Prix Competition by winning four out of five of the events and also the FIS World Cup Competition. In 2005, she won the Gold Medal in the X Games and Gravity Games, as well as being crowned champion of the US Open Half-Pipe. Gretchen was born on April 10, 1981 and grew up in Aspen, Colorado after moving there at the age of ten. She started snowboarding at a tender age and turned pro in 1996. Over her time of snowboarding has created her own style, using her love of snowboarding and raw passion. As one of the first group of female boarders to make waves in a male dominated world, Gretchen has inspired countless young girls to follow in her footsteps.
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