Elena Hight

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Elena Hight
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1989-08-17) August 17, 1989 (age 26)
Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.
Residence South Lake Tahoe, California, U.S.
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in) (2010)[1]
Weight 52.0 kg (114.6 lb) (2010)[1]
Website elenahight.com
Country  United States
Sport snowboarding
Event(s) halfpipe
Turned pro 2002
Coached by Mike Jankowski
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2006 Winter Olympics 6th ladies' halfpipe
2010 Winter Olympics 10th ladies' halfpipe

Elena Hight (born August 17, 1989 in Kauai[2]) is an American Olympic snowboarder. She is a two-time Olympian, has medaled at four Winter X Games, and was the 2012 US Open Champion. She’s sponsored by: Volcom, GoPro, Smith Optics, Toyota, Nixon, Spring, B4BC, Sweat cosmetics, and Women’s Sports Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

Born on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Elena was on a surfboard almost as soon as she could stand. Once her family relocated to the mountains of South Lake Tahoe, snowboarding was one of the first things that she learned to do. It soon became a passion that could not be denied. Snowboarding soon became a way of life for Elena.

At the age of 13 years, Elena became the first female to land a 900 in competition; and in 2013, she became the first snowboarder, male or female, to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo at the Winter X Games Superpipe finals in Aspen, Colorado. Now at the age of 24 years, she’s already a two-time Olympian and quickly asserted herself as one of the most recognized females in the sport.

In addition to snowboarding, Elena has a huge passion for running, yoga, surfing and cooking to balance her love for living an active, healthy life. Elena’s personality is often described as the “All-American” girl next door with an incredible athletic talent.


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.


20 Year, 20 Firsts ESPN X Games #1 moment

Held the only female part in Mr Plant


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 [3] which has taken women’s snowboarding progression to a new level

Silver medal in Aspen, CO at X Games

Silver medal at X Games in Tignes, France


Gold at the Grand Prix in Mammoth

Silver at Winter X Games in Aspen

Silver at X Games in Tignes France

Gold at the Burton US Open in Stratton, Vermont

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 [4][5]


3rd place in women’s halfpipe at Winter X Games in Aspen, CO


At the January 2010 Winter X Games XIV in Aspen, Colorado, Hight placed sixth in the Women's Snowboard SuperPipe

2nd place at the Grand Prix in Mammoth, CA

1st place at Snowbasin, UT Dew Tour stop

3rd place at Roxy Chicken Jam in Mammoth, CA

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics[edit]

On January 26, 2010, Hight made the 2010 Winter Olympics US team. During the Olympics on Vancouver's Cypress Mountain, she competed in the ladies' halfpipe. The American competitors included (Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler, and Hight), the same four who competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics.


3rd place in women’s halfpipe at Winter X Games in Aspen, CO


Vans Cup halfpipe champion at Northstar in Tahoe, CA with first back-to-back 900s


Vans Cup halfpipe champion at Northstar, Tahoe, CA

Bronze medalist in women’s halfpipe at X Games in Aspen, CO

2nd place overall halfpipe at US Grand Prix tour


At the age of just 16 years, Elena represented the USA At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin

Competed in halfpipe at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2005 in Whistler, British Columbia


At the age of just 13 years, Elena Hight attended her first Winter X Games in Aspen, CO

Other Facts[edit]

In addition to snowboarding success, Hight also obtained her Associates Business degree from the University of Phoenix

Off the snow, Hight designed a six-piece clothing collection with Volcom’s VOLCOMunity brand

Designed a signature goggle with Smith

Participated in the creation of a B4BC cookbook


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