Across many different sports, women aren’t usually as well recognized as their male counterparts. When in reality, women athletes are a force to be reckon with. The following women are elite athletes that have made an impact in the world of snowboarding.
Karine Ruby is a french snowboarder who is miles ahead of both men and women when it comes to the medals. Over the course of her career, Ruby has earned two Olympic Medals, six FIS World Cup snowboarding gold medals and 67 FIS Snowboard World Cup victories. Her accomplishments has earned her the tile as the most decorated female snowboarders in the world.
Jamie Anderson is an American snowboarder who beats out Ruby when it comes to winning Olympic medals. So far, Anderson has won two gold medals and one silver medal. The only snowboarder who has beaten her is Shaun White, who has one three golds. In 2005, Anderson became the youngest competitor at the X-Games and went home with a bronze medal when she was only 15 years old.
In addition to Anderson, White, and Slovenian Žan Košir, Kelly Clark is one of four snowboarder who has three Olympics medals. Clark earned her first gold medal at the Salt Lake Olympics in 2002 for her impressive show on the halfpipe. Clark earned two bronzed medals during the 2010 and 2014 Olympics for the halfpipe again.
Hannah Teter is an American snowboarding professional who won a gold medal during the 2006 Turin Olympics in the halfpipe. Four years later, Teter won a medal again during the Vancouver Olympics for halfpipe but this time, it was the silver medal. In addition to these wins, Teter won gold during the 2003 Winter X-Games and won six times during the World Cup
Jenny Jones is considered the most successful British snowboarder. Jones first began her career has a maid at ski resort in France. When she wasn’t working, Jones would find time to hit the slopes. All of the practicing paid off, because she placed gold in the 2009 and 2010 Winter X Games and Winter X Games Europe. In 2014, Jones earned her first Olympic medal. She placed bronzed in the Slopestyle category. Her win marked an important moment in British history, as she was the first Britain to win an Olympic medal in a snow sport.
Patrizia Kummer is a Swiss boarder that has won seven gold medals and nine over all in the FIS World Cup. Kummer also won a gold medal in 2014 during the Olympics in Sochi.