By Armand Whyte, OSL
Gretchen Bleiler of Toledo, Ohio is a professional halfpipe snowboarder.
At 30 years of age, she's a veteran of the American team.
She won a silver medal in the women's halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy
In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, she fell on both her runs and finished in 11th place.
Gretchen Bleiler was born on April 10, 1981 in Toledo, Ohio. She lives in Aspen, Colorado. She has been a professional halfpipe snowboarder since 1996.
Career facts: Silver medalist at the 2006 Turin Olympics in the halfpipe event. Voted 2006 Female Snowboarder of the Year at FUEL TV's Action Sports Awards.
In the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, many considered Bleiler a gold medal favorite, but she fell on both of her final runs, finishing in 11th place.
Glamour: Bleiler posed for the February 2004 issue of FHM with fellow snowboarder Tara Dakides and sportscaster Jamie Little.
Did you know? In 2007, Bleiler branched out into snowboard and accessories design. She designed her own signature outerwear line for Oakley, and took part in the K2 Alliance which develops and tests women's boarding products.
I think it's a really exciting time in women's snowboarding because the progression is so enormous right now, while the guys, pretty much, are doing back-to-back 10's. You can only spin so far and do so many combos. The girls haven't gotten to that plateau yet, so it's explosive, everyone's doing something different. It's really exciting to watch the women's events right now.
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