In 2013 Elena Hight performed the first-ever double backside alley-oop rodeo in a competition, which earned her an X Games silver medal and a place in the history books. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)
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Kelly Clark took gold leading a USA sweep with Elena Hight taking silver and Arielle Gold bronze.
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If you're looking to watch back-to-back 900s all day long, call Elena Hight. She's been throwing 9s since 2003, and doing them tandem since '08. The first woman to land a 900 in competition at only 13 years-old, Hight is a star in the halfpipe. She made her way onto the Olympic team in 2006, where she was sixth, and again in 2010, where she took 10th. She kept the ball rolling in 2011, making an appearance on the Dew Tour podium before racing off to the backcountry to film.
At a hair over five-feet-tall, seeing Hight boost out of a superpipe is truly incredible, and after watching her stomp difficult combinations with ease it becomes clear why she's known as one of the most progressive riders in the sport.
Hight was all silver and gold in 2012, taking home back-to-back silver medals at the Aspen and Euro X Games alongside victories at the Burton U.S. Open and Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
In the 2013 season, Hight made history at X Games Aspen and took women’s snowboarding to a whole new level. She was the first snowboarder (male or female) to perform a double backside alley-oop rodeo in a halfpipe competition. Her performance earned her a silver medal and then she went on to win another silver at X Games Tignes.
My main goal for next season is to make the U.S. Olympic team and come home from Sochi with a medal. I am really looking forward to it, and I think it’s going to be a great season.
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