Gretchen Bleiler

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Gretchen Bleiler
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Personal information
Birth name Gretchen Elisabeth Bleiler[1]
Born (1981-04-10) April 10, 1981 (age 36)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 126 lb (57 kg)
Country  United States
Sport Snowboarding

Gretchen Elisabeth Bleiler (born April 10, 1981 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American professional halfpipe snowboarder.


Bleiler aspired to compete in the Winter X Games from a very young age, and found her passion in snowboarding at age 11 (1992).[2] She has been riding ever since and became professional in 1996. Among her accomplishments, she jump-started the invert revolution for female riders as the first to land a Crippler 540 in competition, and won more halfpipe competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2006 than any other female snowboarder.[3] In the pre-Olympic season she won four of the five US Olympic halfpipe qualifiers and is also a four-time X Games gold medalist, most recently winning the superpipe at Winter X Games XIV.[3]

In 2003, she was a U.S. snowboard Grand Prix champion, a U.S. Open of snowboarding champion, and a Triple Crown of Snowboarding champion.[2][4][5]

She posed for the February 2004 issue of FHM, along with fellow snowboarder Tara Dakides and sportscaster Jamie Little.[6]

Bleiler, who missed qualifying for the 2002 Winter Olympics due to a tiebreaker, won a silver medal in the women's halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.[7]

Starting in 2007, Bleiler expanded her career into snowboard and outerwear design, through Oakley and K2 Snowboarding, designing her own signature outerwear line for Oakley, and participating in the K2 Alliance, which develops and tests women's products, as well as working on the graphics for several K2 Boards. In 2008, she helped to create a new all-female invitational superpipe competition at Snowmass called the Snow Angels Invitational.[8]

While competing in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, many considered Bleiler a gold medal favorite. However, she fell on both of her final runs, and took 11th place.

During the summer, Gretchen Bleiler gives back to snowboarding's youth at High Cascade Snowboard Camp. In 2008, 2010 and 2014 she has been awarded a Signature Session[clarification needed] at High Cascade[9] where she will coach and mentor young kids.

Bleiler announced her retirement in January 2014 after being injured in a 2012 training accident and failing to make the 2014 Winter Olympics team.[10]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2010 X Games Superpipe Gold Medalist
  • 2008 Winter Dew Tour Superpipe Champion (Breckenridge, Co)
  • 2008 X Games Halfpipe Gold Medalist
  • 2006 FIS World Cup 1st Place, Saas Fe, Switzerland
  • 2006 Olympic silver medalist
  • 2006 Overall Grand Prix Champion; won four of the five Grand Prix events determining Olympic team
  • 2005 X Games and Gravity Games Gold Medalist
  • 2005 US Open Halfpipe Champion
  • FIS World Cup 1st Place, Bardonecchia, Italy
  • Eight straight wins in 2003
  • 2003 X Games Halfpipe Gold Medalist
  • 2003 US Open Champion
  • Won 2003 Overall Grand Prix Title
  • One of only four females invited to coveted 2003 Arctic Challenge
  • 2002 and 2003 Vans Triple Crown Overall Title Winner
  • Won 2003 World SuperPipe Championships



  • "You don’t wake up and say: 'Today I’m going to be more creative. You do the things you love to do and try to get at their essence and allow things to emerge.'"[11]

Personal life[edit]

Bleiler enjoys surfing, mountain biking, interior design and fashion.[12] She is also active in several environmental organizations, including the Aspen Snomass Save Snow campaign, and[8]

She lives in Aspen, Colorado and is married to Chris Hotell.[13]

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