|— Alpine ski racer —|
January 27, 1987 |
Belmont, Vermont, USA
|World Cup debut||September 13, 2002|
|Medals||2 (1 gold)|
|Medals||1 (0 gold)|
Hannah Teter (born January 27, 1987) is an American snowboarder from Belmont, Vermont. She is an Olympic champion, having won the gold medal in halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. She also won bronze at the 2005 FIS World Championships at Whistler, British Columbia, and has six World Cup victories in her career. In January 2010, Teter was named to the US Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She won the silver medal in women's halfpipe at the Vancouver Games.
Teter is also noted for her charitable work, including founding her own organization called Hannah's Gold.
Early life and career
Born into a snowboarding family, Teter is the youngest of five siblings. Two of her four older brothers, Abe and Elijah, have competed for the US Snowboard team, and her eldest brother Amen is their agent and manager. Both of the Teter parents, Jeff and Pat, were skiers, but have since been converted to snowboarding by their children.
Teter started snowboarding at the age of 8, taking her first lesson at her home mountain of Okemo. She is an Okemo Mountain School graduate.  By 2002 at the age of 15, she was the World Junior Halfpipe Champion, and had begun riding on the FIS Snowboard World Cup circuit. Teter achieved a 4th place finish in her first World Cup halfpipe event at Valle Nevado, Chile in September of that year.
Ben & Jerry's limited edition flavor "Maple Blondie" was created in her honor.
From 2002–2004 Teter competed in seven World Cup events with four victories, at Sapporo in 2003 and 2004, Valle Nevado in 2003, and at Saas-Fee in 2004. Competing at the Winter X Games, Teter won bronze in 2003, and gold in 2004.
In 2005, Teter reached the podium with a third place finish at her first FIS World Championships, and added two more World Cup victories at Valle Nevado. Teter also earned another Winter X Games bronze in 2005. During 2005 Teter was hampered by a knee injury which required two surgeries; in her words: "there was a chunk of bone that had separated and it was kind of dangling around."
At the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Teter was unsure how well she would be able to perform because of that injury. However, she went on to win the Olympic gold medal in halfpipe, beating out US teammate and friend Gretchen Bleiler, who won silver. Teter's accomplishment was rewarded further by the United States Olympic Committee who named her the USOC SportsWoman of the Year. She also won the ESPY Award for Best Action Sports Female in 2006.
After the 2006 Winter Games, Teter spent time focusing on humanitarian causes, but returned to the World Cup circuit in 2009. Since returning from hiatus she has taken the podium at two World Cup events and the 2009 Winter X Games, as well as a victory at the 2009 Lake Tahoe Grand Prix. At Grand Prix events held on January 22–23, 2010, at Park City, Teter had two second place finishes. The performance locked up her spot for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Following the Park City GP, Teter announced that she would donate her $10,000 winnings for the weekend to a humanitarian relief fund to aid survivors of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Teter had a strong performance in the qualification round for the women's halfpipe with a score of 45.4, the second place score, earning her a bye to the finals. After the first run of the finals, Teter was in first place with a score of 42.4. In the second run, Teter's earlier score was topped by Australian Torah Bright, who scored 45.0, a mark Teter was unable to beat in her second run. Teter finished with the silver medal. Fellow American Kelly Clark won the bronze medal.
Media and business ventures
Before going to Turin for the 2006 Olympics, Teter was featured in the 2005 documentary film about the growth of snowboarding, First Descent. The movie, which was filmed in the mountains of Alaska, starred Teter alongside snowboarding legends including Shaun White and Terje Håkonsen. A short behind the scenes documentary titled AK and Beyond was made at the same time, also featuring Teter.
Teter also appeared in a brief NASA Brain Bites educational video "How Is A Snowboarder Like An Astronaut?"
In 2009, Vermont based ice cream company Ben & Jerry's created a new flavor in honor of their fellow Vermonter; Hannah Teter's Maple Blondie, a creamy maple ice cream with blonde brownie pieces and a maple caramel swirl. The new flavor went on sale in December 2009, and a portion of proceeds will go to Teter's charity. Company spokesman Sean Greenwood said: "...maple is an easy tie for Vermont but we thought it would be great to do it with a Vermonter that makes a difference."
Teter was one of four Winter Olympic athletes chosen to model for the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, in an "Olympic Stars" section of the popular annual magazine. Teter's photo shoot took place at Whistler Blackcomb, the venue for several events of the Vancouver Olympic Games. Teter joined fellow snowboarder Clair Bidez, and skiers Lacy Schnoor and Lindsey Vonn who also modeled for the issue. While Teter and the other athletes received some criticism for participating in the photo spread, she responded to her critics saying: "I don't believe in the criminalization of bodies and women having to be ashamed of their bodies. That's just so wrong."
Charity work and philanthropy
In 2008 Teter founded a charity called Hannah's Gold which raises money through the sales of Vermont maple syrup. The charity, in partnership with World Vision, helps to support the village of Kirindon, Kenya through building schools, digging fresh water wells, and providing water filtration. In 2009 Teter donated all of her prize money to the Kirindon program. That same year, she posed in an ad campaign for PETA, protesting the Canadian seal hunt. She has also worked to raise money for Darfur and other causes, sponsors children in Honduras and the Philippines through Children International, and is a spokesperson for Boarding for Breast Cancer.
In 2010 Teter launched a new charity initiative, Sweet Cheeks, which donates 40% of the sales proceeds from an exclusive line of underwear to partner organization Children International to help feed children living in extreme poverty around the world.
Teter's charitable work earned her an award for the Do Something Athlete in the VH1 Do Something Awards. The awards show, produced by Vh1, is dedicated to honoring people who do good and is powered by Do Something, an organization that aims to empower, celebrate, and inspire young people.
Other titles, awards and honors
- 2009 Gold medal at the Burton Australian Open
- 2009 Gold medal at the US Snowboarding Grand Prix in Boreal
- 2006 Winter Gravity Games Silver medalist, women's halfpipe
- 2005 Vans Cup champion
- 2005 US Open bronze medalist
- 2005 Nippon Open silver medalist
- 2005 Winter Gravity Games silver medalist
- 2004 Finalist for the ESPY Awards for Best Female Action Sport Athlete
- 2004 US Snowboard Grand Prix halfpipe champion
- 2004 NASJA "Competitor of the Year" title and award
- 2003 Vans Triple Crown halfpipe title + silver in slopestyle
- 2003 Became youngest member of the US Snowboarding Team
- 2002 First Female Snowboarder to land a 900 in Competition
Teter has been nominated for three ESPY awards.
- "Team USA Athlete Profile". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
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- "Hannah Teter – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit". Time Inc. February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- Stroup, Matt. "Hannah Teter-Biography". NBC Universal. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- "Hannah Teter". US Ski and Snowboard Association. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- "Athlete's Voice: Hannah Teter 15 and Flying". MountainZone.com. October 28, 2002. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- Fylan, Kevin (February 14, 2010). "Kearney scoops gold, floats ice cream dream". Reuters. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "FIS-Ski Biography". International Ski Federation. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- "Snowboarding Final Results". EXPN.com. Jan. 30, 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- "Women's Snowboard Superpipe Final Results". SkateLog.com. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- "USOC Athletes of the Year". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- "Bright tops Teter, Clark on halfpipe podium". AP/NBC Universal. February 18, 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- "AK and Beyond (2005) (V)". Retrieved 10 January 2010.
- "Snow Blind – When All You See Is The Mountain". Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- Kumka, Cristina (November 21, 2009). "Ben & Jerry's latest flavorite: Teter". Rutland Herald. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- Ginsburg, Steve (February 16, 2010). "Hannah Teter defends her bikini shots". Reuters. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
- Tracy Anderson, "Hannah Hearts Baby Seals," ESPN.com, October 23, 2009.
- "Children International". Children International. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
- "Sweet Cheeks". sweetcheekspanties.com. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
- "Do Something". Do Something. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hannah Teter.|
- Hannah Teter at the International Ski Federation
- Official site
- Hannah's Gold- Teter's charity
- Sweet Cheeks- Teter's charity clothing site
- Hannah Teter on her work with Children International
- World Vision-Hannah Teter-Helping Children in Kirindon, Kenya- More information on Teter's fundraising efforts
- Hannah Teter: A Snowboarder with a Social Conscience- ESPN article on Teter's social activism
- Shred Betties Interview with Hannah Teter