Sochi 2014 Olympics USA Athlete Profile: Hannah Teter
Hannah Teter remained quietly in the background of Women’s Professional Snowboarding for quite some time until her breakout performance at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. Since then, Teter has made quite the name for herself and is a solid contender for the podium in Russia this upcoming February.
Teter will be joining the U.S. army of snowboarders for her third consecutive Olympic Games when the squad heads to the 2014 Sochi competition. As a halfpipe specialist, Teter competes in a fierce pool of challengers in what has become one of the most popular Winter Olympic events. Fans crowd around the pipe and television sets to watch these high-flying arctic athletes perform acrobatic twists, turns and flips and soak up every exciting second of it.
The X Games had been a place that Teter found herself finishing well for years, but she could not quite top the podium after her 2003 gold medal performance. After that win, Teter claimed the bronze medal five separate times, but stepped up her game when it mattered most: the Olympics. Teter claimed the ultimate prize in 2006 in Turin by bringing home the Olympic gold medal and followed up with a 2010 silver medal.
Teter stands a solid chance to go for gold again in 2014, but teammate Kelly Clark and current Olympic champion, Torah Bright from Australia, will make that task difficult. Make sure to tune into the Olympic Snowboarding competition which starts February 12 for the women and the day before for the men and root for Teter!
Hannah Teter Fun Facts:
1. Teter was born in Belmont, Vermont and started snowboarding at the age of 8.
2. According to her Team USA profile, Teter enjoys making her own maple syrup and used that to start her own charitable foundation, Hannah’s Gold, to raise money for villages in Africa.
3. She resides in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California.
4. In 2002, Hannah became the first female to land a 900 (two and a half complete rotations) in a snowboarding competition.
5. Teter is the youngest of five children and the only girl with four older brothers. Two of her brothers have also competed for Team USA snowboarding and her eldest brother is their agent.