Gretchen Bleiler finished off the winter Dew Tour season with an impressive run that earned her a 94.25 and a second place on the podium. Kelly Clark managed to squeak by for the win with a 95 score. So the battle between Bleiler and Clark continues as they head off to Norway for the World Snowboarding Championships.
After winning the qualifier, beating out Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler got back on the podium in the finals with a 2nd place finish. Her run included; a frontside crippler, backside 540 mute, frontside 720 tail grab, Cab 720 Indy, and frontside tail grab. Check out the vid…
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (December 15, 2011) – K2 Snowboarding and Gretchen Bleiler are proud to announce that they have extended their partnership through 2014. Bleiler, an X Games champion and Olympic medalist, has been an integral part of the K2 International Pro Team for more than eight years helping to progress women’s snowboarding through not only her on-snow accomplishments but through her involvement in the K2 Alliance and the development of products like her K2 EcoPop snowboard, Contour boots, and Agogo bindings.
“It feels really good to have just re-signed with K2 for another three
years,” said Gretchen Bleiler. “K2 has become my Northwest family and throughout the years we’ve accomplished a lot together from Olympic and X Games medals to magazine covers, cool new cutting edge technologies and super fun graphics. I always feel so grateful for K2′s support and am really looking forward to the next three years, I have a feeling they’re going to be epic!”
“I can’t express my excitement enough to be working with Gretchen for another three years,” said Peter Mullenbach, K2 Snowboarding International Team Manager. “Aside from being an amazing snowboarder, Gretchen is a great person who has helped shape all aspects of women’s snowboarding while sustaining a proper style and personality for women and girls around the world to admire. She is passionate, competitive and dedicated; we are truly looking forward to the next three years with one of snowboarding’s great gems.”
Fresh off the training grounds of New Zealand, Gretchen is busy preparing for a full season of competition including the US Grand Prix, Dew Tour and X Games among others. Additionally, K2 engineers will continue seeking product feedback from Gretchen with the idea of creating the most advanced and effective women’s snowboard products on the market. Keep your eyes on Gretchen, she’s just getting started.
For snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, the decision to pose naked in ESPN The Magazine’s third-annual Body Issue, which hits newsstands Friday, was not made lightly. “I took it so seriously,” she says. “It’s such a vulnerable thing for an athlete to do.”
Francesco Carrozzini/ESPN The Magazine
She knows from experience. In February 2004, Bleiler appeared on the cover of FHM weaing only body paint. A few months after taking silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics, she posed for Jane magazine’s “clothes off our back” feature covered only by a not-so-strategically placed sheet. Bleiler even appeared once before in the buff in ESPN The Mag, in the 2004 Winter X Games preview issue, along with four other athletes willing to bear it all. But she swore she’d never do it again. At least not until it was on her terms. She says she was young each of those times and felt pressure to say yes. More than once, she felt the magazine’s editors didn’t portray her image as promised.
“That’s why I turned down the Body Issue the first two times they asked,” she says. “I wasn’t ready. This time, I was saying yes because I wanted to do it. And I felt confident in my decision.”
In each of the first two Body Issues, one action sports athlete was featured in the much-anticipated and all-nude Bodies We Want section: surfers Claire Bevilacqua in 2009 and Kelly Slater in 2010. This year’s issue features three: Bleiler, Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito and four-time world surfing champ Steph Gilmore.
Come hang this Friday and celebrate the re-opening of Buckman’s in King of Prussia, PA with some of snowboarding’s top athletes including Gretchen Bleiler, Danny Kass, Louie Vito and more. check the flyer for details.
Ole Ole Ole! It’s that time of the year….catalog shoot time. So while many of you are probably trying to squeeze in the last few days of float life, BBQ’s, beaches, bikini’s, warm weather surf and all those other wonderful things about summer. We decided to end it early and take some of the team down to Chile to shoot the 2011.12 Catalog, and what can we say? Such a good decision!
The Mike Yoshida
First met up with K2 Staff Photographer and video cameo master Mike Yoshida. Between the two of us we had around 14 bags including our photo gear. Packed everything into my girfriend’s Subaru. Not enough room for me and Mike so we had to get a cab as well. Good times. Then we had an interesting challenge of trying to get 10 bags of product onto a jumper flight to LAX. Thanks to the counter ladies at United for the straight hook up! We met the majority of the rest of the crew in Los Angeles which consisted of Jordan Mendenhall, Travis Parker, Gretchen Bleiler, Leanne Pelosi, and one of our filmers for the trip Sam Hiltner. 13 hours, a quick stop in Lima, some delicious wine, and a couple Advil PM’s and we were in Santiago.
Customs in Chile is pretty mellow. Brought in over 30 snowboards. Helps if you pretend not to know what they are asking you.
The drive up from Santiago to the Farallones area is a fun one. Over 39 counted switch backs on a road not much wider than your car in some areas climbing around 4,000 feet. We arrived at our house for the trip right next to El Colorado Resort, one of the first houses to built up here. Farallones is next to four resorts El Colorado, Valle Nevado, La Parva, and Farallones. Every window has a view of the Andes. Not bad.
360 degree views
But now looking forward to a great week! Not the powder we expected, but can’t beat the sunshine. Stay tuned for updates as much as we can. Internet is a pretty rare commodity up here.
Spring Time Weather!
Leanne's Funny Pillow Chile House Shoes
our home for the next week. we do all of these activities.
The search is on to hire two candidates to participate in the Old Spice Fresh Adventure Internship to celebrate the brand’s first line of destination-based anti-perspirant/deodorant. The Fresh Collection gives guys the chance to smell like some of the freshest places on earth: Fiji, Matterhorn, Cyprus and Denali. As part of their job requirement, the interns will be reporting on their scent-inspired adventures in Matterhorn and Fiji, via social media channels. Each intern will also be outfitted with $5,000 and an itinerary of “jobs” to complete and document while on location.
To help better prepare the interns for their adventure, Old Spice is teaming up with two world-class athletes: professional snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and professional surfer Anastasia Ashley, who are coming on-board as internship mentors. For more information, visit www.oldspiceadventure.com.
“I am excited to be working with Old Spice on the Fresh Collection Internship Search,” said Gretchen Bleiler, professional snowboarder. “It’s not often that someone gets a chance to go to Matterhorn or Fiji as part of an internship, let alone get paid to snowboard all day and rock some lederhosen!”
Confirmed riders for this season’s event include: Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Elena Hight, Sarah Conrad, Ellery Hollingsworth, Mercedes Nicoll, Linn Haug, Maddy Schaffrick, Haruna Matsumoto, Soko Yamaoka, Sophie Rodriguez and Ursina Holler. A complete list of riders will be announced in the coming weeks.
The event will feature a Superpipe contest on Saturday, April 3 in Snowmass, photo and filming opportunities for the media as well as lifestyle activities for the riders such as a spa day, yoga classes and a girl’s night out on the town. With invites based on a combination of Olympic and X Games qualifications, this year’s event will include a more international field and the event will be the first time since the Olympics for all of these women to be together in a relaxed atmosphere. Snowmass now features a world-renowned 22 foot Superpipe that was built by the award winning Aspen/Snowmass terrain park crew along with experts from Snow Park Technologies.
“I’m really looking forward to the third annual CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational, especially after the craziness of the Olympics,” said two-time Olympian and 2010 Winter X Games gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler, “this will be a great opportunity to focus on progressive riding and quality time with all of the girls.”
For the first time Viceroy Snowmass will host the athletes along with a mix of activities throughout the weekend. Viceroy Snowmass Resort and Residence, bringing the brand’s signature fusion of glamorous style, provocative design and innovative culinary experiences to the event will add to the truly special experience of CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational.
The CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational is the bookend event for a season of over 30 Aspen/Snowmass sponsored events. This is the only women’s specific snowboard competition and lifestyle weekend of the sort in the industry, bringing together the media, fans, sponsors and the athletes alike to Aspen/Snowmass.
Its spring time in Aspen/Snowmass which means long sunny days, superb conditions, plenty of free events and concerts and plenty of deals. Seven day advance pricing is now available for guests booking two or more days of lift tickets. Guests can save big by booking lift tickets, lessons and equipment rentals seven days in advance of their vacation. For more information please visit: www.aspensnowmass.com/deals .
Aspen/Snowmass would like to thank this year’s confirmed event sponsors including CoverGirl, Secret, K2, Oakley, Mission, Coca-Cola, espnW, Town of Snowmass Village, Giro, Nike and Viceroy.
For more information on the CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational or anything regarding Aspen/Snowmass please visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call 1-800-525-6200.