Top 5 Snowboarders In The World

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Snowboarding has come a long way from it’s early day as a sport. What started as a niche sport, seen as very dangerous , has now become a staple in the Winter Olympics. Snowboarders have risen to game, thanks to exposure from the X-Games, endorsement deals, and their personalities. Here are the top five snowboarders in the world.

Shuan White

White is the face of snowboarding across the glove. The famous red-headed American has two Olympic gold meals, 15 X-Games gold medals, 24 overall X-Games medals, and 10 ESPY awards. Not only he is the best snowboarder, but  is one of the most marketable athletes in the world, with partnerships such as Nike, GoPro, and Target. White is hands down the global ambassador for snowboarding.

Gretchen Bleiler
Gretchen Bleiler of the USA smiles as she compete in the women's snowboard halfpipe at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)

Bleiler is the best woman’s snowboarder on the planet. She has four X-Game gold mdeals, a U.S. snowboard Grand Prix champion, and a U.S. Open champion. She has also had success outside the slops, partnering up with companies such as ¬†Oakley, K2, Coca-Cola, and GoPro.

Travis Rice

Rice rose to fame an 18 year-old when he entered Snowboarder Magazine’s Superpark contest. He has made his name by also creating 20 snowboarding films and having a deal with Red Bull.

Terje Hakonsen
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This Norweigian is one of the most influential snowboarders on a global scale. He came onto the scene in the 90s, revolutionizing the sports. He has had much success in his career, from movies to deals such as Oakley, Burton, and Volcom. Hakonsen has always been the main attraction for why fans buy X-Games tickets.

Danny Kass

Kass was a snowboarding prodigy, as he showed signs of greatness when he first stood on a board at the age of 12. Kass as won seven X-Games medals, two Olympic silver medals, and four U.S. Open Championships. His sponsors include Nike, Monster, and Oakley.

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