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      6-0
      Weight
      165
       

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      A snowboarding prodigy in his own right, Greg Bretz was on a board at age five and began competing at 10. The young shredder shook up the scene in 2008 with podium finishes and wins on both the World Cup and Grand Prix circuits, earning him his spot with the U.S. Snowboarding squad.

      The 2010 season saw the halfpipe rider notch a pair of top-10 finishes on the U.S. Grand Prix tour, which sealed him a spot on his first Olympic Team. The then 20-year-old landed a 12th in Vancouver.

      Although Bretz battled nagging injuries in 2012, he still managed to podium at both the Copper and Mammoth U.S. Grand Prix events. Then in 2013 Bretz continued to knock on the podium door despite tough competition at the Grand Prix and X Games.

      Bretz came out of the gate swinging in 2014, winning the first Olympic qualifier of the season at the Breckenridge Dew Tour stop, becoming the first halfpipe rider to best Shaun White in nearly four years. Bretz backed up that win with a second place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, making an early claim on his ticket to Sochi. Bretz went on to win his first X Games medal in Aspen and then continued his strong riding at Rosa Khutor, where he posted another 12th-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

      GREG SAYS
      I came out here to do one thing and I’m really stoked that I was able to stay in one piece all season for this event. I mean it’s the Olympics, you’ve got to go for it.

      FIRST TRACKS 
      Bretz remembers being frustrated a lot when he took his first turns at June Mountain, CA at the age of five. But the first snowboard he got from his father, who worked lift maintenance at Mammoth Mountain, seemed to fit him better than a pair of skis ever could, so he stuck with it.

      OFF THE SNOW
      In the summer Bretz can be found skateboarding, playing around with his friends and hanging out with his parents. 

       

      Highlights

      OLYMPICS
      12th, HP, Sochi, 2014
      12th, HP, Vancouver, 2010

      X GAMES
      3rd, HP, Aspen, CO 2014
      4th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2010
      5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
      5th, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2011
      7th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012

      World Snowboard Tour Rankings
      6th HP, 2014
      6th, HP, 2013
      8th, HP, 2012

      FIS WORLD CUP
      Eight top-tens, four podiums
      1st, HP, Stoneham, 2008

      GRAND PRIX
      2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix (also World Cup), Copper Mountain, CO, Dec. 2013
      2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
      2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Killington Resort, VT, 2008
      2nd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Tamarack, ID, 2008
      3rd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2011
      3rd, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2011
      4th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Park City, UT, 2011
      4th, HP, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013

      OTHER
      1st, HP, Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
      1st, HP, Burton Pro-Test, Mammoth, CA, 2012
      2nd, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2011
      3rd, HP, Burton High Fives, Cardrona, NZL, 2013
      3rd, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
      5th, HP, Burton U.S. Open, Stratton, VT, 2012