She started snowboarding at the age of 11, taking it on after her three older brothers introduced it to her. In 1996, just five years after taking up snowboarding, she turned pro. In an age when sports like snowboarding were coming into vogue, Bleiler made an impact.A year after graduating from Aspen High School, she joined U. By the early 2000s, she was one of the top female riders in the world.In an ambulance with her face badly bleeding after a trick went horribly wrong in training, Gretchen Bleiler blurted this out: Snowboarding wasn't worth it. Seven months ago, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist was practicing a double backflip maneuver on a trampoline in Park City, Utah, when she over-rotated, sending her knee bouncing off the springy surface and into her face.
Misty May Anyone else remember being jealous of Misty May's killer abs back in the early oughts?
As the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil take place tonight, the world will be watching and waiting to see which of these star athletes will take home the gold.
But these eight Olympians have already snagged the gold — when it comes to love, that is!
From Shawn Johnson's spring wedding to Michael Phelp's current engagement and adorable baby with his bride-to-be, here are eight past Olympians who added to their gold collection in the form of wedding and engagement rings. )Sasha Cohen As an award-winning figure skater in the 2006 Olympic games, Sasha Cohen is no stranger to ice, but it's her newest piece of ice that has caught our eye!
After competing in the Olympics, the skater returned to academics and met hedge fund manager Tom May at a Harvard Business School party in 2014.