Steve Fisher (snowboarder)

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Steve Fisher
Personal information
Nickname(s) The Fish
Nationality American
Born (1982-09-21) September 21, 1982 (age 35)
Olathe, Kansas
Country  United States
Sport Snowboarding
Turned pro 2002

Steve Fisher also known as "The Fish" (born September 21, 1982 in Olathe, Kansas) is an American professional snowboarder and the 2004 and 2007 Winter X Games Champion. He was once ranked the #1 halfpipe rider in the United States by the USSA ranking system.[1]

Childhood and early snowboarding career[edit]

Steve grew up in Saint Louis Park, a suburb out of Minneapolis. As a young boy, his home mountain was Buck Hill which was home to one of the first halfpipes in the Midwest. Steve rode at Buck hill every day and night until he was ten years old, saying that he rarely spent any time at home during the winter.[2] He began competing in local competitions at age eight and qualified for USASA nationals by age nine.[3] Fisher went pro in 2002 when he was asked by the US Snowboarding Team to forerun the 2002 Olympic halfpipe event and become a part of US Snowboarding.[4]

Riding Style[edit]

Fisher rides regular stance, eighteen and negative six degrees on his board.[5] He is known for his smooth yet aggressive riding style and technical backside 540's. He can be seen teaching his infamous backside 540's in Transworld Snowboarding's 20 Tricks II video.[6] While he is best known for his skills in the halfpipe, Steve remains a well-rounded rider capable of riding rails, jumps, and natural backcountry features.[citation needed]

Career highlights[edit]

Year Event Location Position
2007 Winter X Games XI Aspen, CO Superpipe Gold Medal (beating out Shaun White) and overall champion
2007 Mt. Bachelor Grand Prix Bend, OR 1st Place
2007 Paul Mitchell Progression Session Breckenridge, CO 1st Place (quarterpipe)
2006 Mountain Creek Grand Prix Vernon, NJ 3rd Place
2005 Burton US Open Stratton, VT 2nd Place
2004 Burton US Open Stratton, VT 2nd Place
2004 Oakley Arctic Challenge Oslo, Norway 2nd Place
2004 Vans Triple Crown Northstar at Tahoe, CA 1st Place
2004 Winter X Games Aspen, CO Halfpipe Champion
2003 Vans Triple Crown Big Bear, CA 1st Place
2003 Snowboarding World Championships Kreischberg, Austria 3rd Place
2002 Snowboarding World Championships (Junior) Ounasvaara – Rovaniemi, Finland Junior World Champion

Other projects[edit]

When he is not snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, or hiking, Steve is an avid blogger who writes several blogs for various websites.

Because his father was diagnosed with and recovered from prostate cancer, Steve is involved with the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Working with their Athletes for a Cure program, Steve is helping build awareness of this prevalent disease.[7]