Gretchen Bleiler

PROFESSIONAL SNOWBOARDER
FOUR-TIME X GAMES GOLD MEDALIST & OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST


AWARDS
  • Nominated in 2008, 2008 and 2007 for the Teen Choice Awards Best Female Action Sports Athlete
  • Won the 2008 “Best Action Sports Female” ESPY
  • Won 2010, 2008 and 2004 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year Award
  • Voted 2006 Female Snowboarder of the Year at Fuel’s inaugural Action Sports Awards
  • Nominated for 2006 ESPY Award
  • Earned Transworld Snowboarding’s 2004 Reader’s Choice Award
  • Nominated for 2004 Laureus “Female Action Sports Athlete” Award
  • Named Snowboarder and Transworld Snowboarding 2003 “Female Rider of the Year”

OTHER
• Chosen as one of six athletes for Coca-Cola’s “Six Pack” of athletes for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
• Gretchen was chosen as one of five snowboarders featured in the 2010 Wii video game, “Triple Crown Championship Snowboarding”
• Member of Athlete Advisory Council for the Women’s Sports Foundation
• SuperGirl Jam, an all-girls action sports event in Southern California
• Currently blogs for ESPNW.com
• Has been a coach and mentor at her Signature Session's at High Cascade Snowboard Camp at Mount Hood, OR Summer ’06, 08’ and '10
• Contributor to “Balance and Grace,” a graphic novel
• Featured in Neil Beidleman’s book about local Aspen personalities
• Featured as an Aspen local in a documentary entitled, “Mountain Town,” co-produced by AspenSkiCo
• Threw first pitch at Colorado Rockies home-opener, 2006
• NASCAR honorary starter, 2006

PERSONAL DATA

Birthdate 4/10/81
Hometown: Aspen, CO
Height 5’5”

https://www.gretchenbleiler.com


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2011 Dew Tour, Killington 2nd place
  • 2011 X Games Finalist
  • 2011 US Grand Prix, Mammoth 2nd place
  • 2011 US Open, 3rd place
  • 2011 Euro X Games, Tignes France Finalist
  • 2010 Winter X Games, Gold Medalist
  • 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Finalist
  • 2010 Sprint USSA Grand Prix, Halfpipe, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 1st Place
  • 2009 Sprint USSA Grand Prix, Halfpipe, Copper, CO, 2nd Place
  • 2009 New Zealand Open, Halfpipe, 2nd Place
  • 2009 CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational, SuperPipe, 2nd Place
  • 2008 Dew Tour 1st Place, Breckenridge
  • 2008 CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational, SuperPipe, 1st Place
  • 2008 US Open, 2nd Place
  • 2008 Nippon Open, 2nd Place
  • 2008 Winter X Games, Women’s SuperPipe, Gold Medalist
  • 2007 Breckenridge Grand Prix, 1st Place
  • 2007 Abominable Snow Jam, 1st Place
  • 2007 US Open Halfpipe 2nd Place
  • 2007 Grand Prix 1st Place, Tamarack
  • 2007 Grand Prix 2nd Place, Mt. Bachelor
  • 2007 Mount Baker Banked Slalom, 3rd Place
  • 2007 Winter X Games, Women’s SuperPipe, Silver Medalist
  • 2006 FIS World Cup 1st Place, Saas Fe, Switzerland
  • 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist, Torino, Italy
  • 2006 Overall Grand Prix Champion; Won four of the five Grand Prix events determining Olympic Team
  • 2005 Winter X Games & Gravity Games, Women’s Halfpipe, Gold Medalist
  • 2005 US Open Halfpipe Champion
  • FIS World Cup 1st Place, Bardonecchia, Italy
  • Eight straight wins in 2003
  • 2003 Winter X Games, Women’s SuperPipe, Gold Medalist
  • 2003 US Open Champion
  • Won 2003 Overall Grand Prix Title
  • 2003 World Superpipe Champion

BACKGROUND

Gretchen Bleiler is one of the most accomplished female snowboarders in the world. As a top to her incredible list of medals and contest wins, Gretchen won the silver medal in Women’s Halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.

Gretchen aspired to compete in the Olympic Games from a very young age and found her passion in snowboarding at age 11. She has been riding ever since and is now recognized as a role model and pioneer in the sport.

In 2008, Oakley launched the Gretchen Bleiler Collection, their first ever athlete-dedicated signature line of outerwear, apparel, accessories and eyewear.

In the summer of 2008, Gretchen acted as the on-air host for Yahoo! Sports during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, featuring daily 3-minute updates and athlete interviews. In addition to the Olympic Games themselves, Gretchen covered the Olympic Trials for Gymnastics, Swimming, and Track & Field.

Gretchen is an active spokesperson in the environment and global warming. She has utilized her platform by working with her sponsors to help create lower impact products within the snow industry. She has also been a public speaker on the issue at High School's and colleges and created her own call to action The 21 Day Reusable Challenge (21dayreusablechallenge.com).

Gretchen also enjoys surfing, yoga, interior design and fashion.

In April 2008, Gretchen founded the first-ever, all-girls annual snowboard Halfpipe competition, the COVER GIRL Snow Angels Invitational. The event includes top female snowboarders from all over the world.

On June 19th, 2009 Gretchen married her long-time boyfriend, Chris Hotell in Costa Rica.

Gretchen was chosen by Barbie as one of "10 Women to Watch in 2010" as part of the Barbie "I can be..." campaign. Barbie’s “10 Women to Watch in 2010” salutes women who continue to innovate and forge paths to be followed by others. Each of the women chosen is a trailblazer in her respective field and continues to dream big, both for herself and for a future generation of girls. As part of her role, Gretchen committed to mentoring a girl, through Barbie, in celebration of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.

August 2010 marked a new phase in her entrepreneurial exploration. Together with her husband Chris, Gretchen debuted her reusable/sustainable water bottle company, ALEX, found at www.alexbottle.com.

Gretchen’s official website is gretchenbleiler.com


Photos by Gretchen Bleiler:

    California Living

    January 11th, 2012

    I've spent most of my life living in Aspen but since Chris and I have been together, I've spent the past 7 years living in California part time; in the summers and the fall. I chase the snow year round so being in California brings me balance; I love the sun, the sand, the ocean and the overall beach lifestyle. Here are some photos that show this part of my life

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    California

    September 21st, 2011

    I've spent most of my life living in Aspen but since Chris and I have been together, I've spent the past 7 years living in California part time; in the summers and the fall. I chase the snow year round so being in California brings me balance; I love the sun, the sand, the ocean and the overall beach lifestyle. Here are some photos that show this part of my life

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    Chatter Creek Lodge, British Columbia

    June 3rd, 2011

    "In February, Kelly Clark and I got to go ride and shoot photos at Chatter Creek Lodge in British Columbia. Kelly was there to shoot for her sponsor Burton and I was there shooting for Oakley. We were only there for 3 days which isn't long to get photos but everything aligned and we not only got AMAZING SNOW CONDITIONS but we got SUN everyday.....two things that can never be taken for granted when you're shooting! The only catch was the temps were BRUTAL, dropping down to -33 degrees fahrenheit one day......brrrrrrrrrrrr!"

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    California Living

    September 21st, 2011

    I've spent most of my life living in Aspen but since Chris and I have been together, I've spent the past 7 years living in California part time; in the summers and the fall. I chase the snow year round so being in California brings me balance; I love the sun, the sand, the ocean and the overall beach lifestyle. Here are some photos that show this part of my life

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