Elena Hight: American Olympic snowboarder Silver medalist Winter X Games
Mantra of Success "Enjoy and Be Passionate About What You Do"
Elena Hight is an American Olympic snowboarder. At 24 years, she is already
a two-time Olympian in snowboard halfpipe. Elena became the first woman to land
a 900 in competition at only 13-years old in 2002. In 2013 she became the first
snowboarder to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo in Superpipe competition
at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
In addition to snowboarding professionally, living an active, healthy lifestyle
through sports and the outdoors has always been a priority of Elena’s. Surfing
and cooking are two passions in her life. Her personality is often described as
the All-American girl next door with an incredible athletic talent.
Elena Hight began her snowboard career on the hills of Bogus Basin, Idaho. In
1996, at age six, a child-size snowboard caught Elena’s eye when skiing with her
father and sister.
After trying it, she never looked back. Elena quickly ingrained herself in the
competition circuit a year later. In 2002, Hight became the first woman to land
a 900 in competition at only 13-years old. Her back to back 900s became a
signature aspect of her riding, spinning more than her fellow female
Since the debut as a professional athlete, Elena has gathered nearly a dozen
more podium finishes at major events including the Winter X Games, US Grand
Prix, Burton US Open, the Winter Dew Tour, Vans Cup and more. At just 16-years
old, Elena represented the USA At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Hight
finished sixth in the halfpipe event.
She finished 19th in the halfpipe at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships
2005 in Whistler, British Columbia. At the January 2010 Winter X Games XIV in
Aspen, Colorado, Hight placed sixth in the Women's Snowboard SuperPipe.
On January 26, 2010, Hight made the 2010 Winter Olympics US team. At the
Olympics on February 18, 2010 on Vancouver's Cypress Mountain, she finished 10th
in the ladies' halfpipe with a 2-run best score of 24.6. It was third best of
the four American competitors (Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler, and
Hight), the same four who competed
at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The 2012 season overall was a success with several
podium finishes, including gold at the Grand Prix in Mammoth, silver at Winter X
Games in Aspen, silver at X Games in Tignes France and gold at the US Open
Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, Vt. In May 2012, while training with the
U.S. snowboard team in Mammoth, Calif., Hight became the first woman to land a
double backside alley-oop rodeo in a halfpipe. Off the snow, Hight designed a
six-piece clothing collection with Volcom’s VOLCOMunity brand which launched
that Fall. On January 26, 2013 at Winter X Games XVII, Hight became the first
snowboarder, male or female, to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo during a
halfpipe competition. The trick has taken women’s snowboarding progression to a
new level. It also landed Hight a silver medal in Aspen and at X Games Tignes.
A six-episode web series entitled Hight Hopes, documents Hight’s personal
journey to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. In addition to snowboarding success,
Hight also obtained her Associates Business degree from the University of
Elena Hight is an American Olympic snowboarder and Silver medalist Winter X
Games. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have started snowboarding at young age of six years and
became the first woman to land a 900 in competition at only 13-years of age,
later you reached the pinnacle of success by winning silver medal at Winter X
Games Aspen 2013 in SuperPipe category in Snowboarding. What factors you
consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
Ms. Elena Hight: There are many things that have factored in to helping me be
successful over the years. First off, I think a big part of it is just a love
for the sport. I have dedicated so much hard work and time into snowboarding
because I just love it and that has really turned help me turn it into a
successful career. Secondly, I have had so much support from my family and
sponsors that has truly made it possible for me to do what I do in snowboarding.
Dated 28 July 2014
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