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When you're born in West Texas, it usually takes something dramatic to get you skiing. Sho Kashima grabbed the opportunity when, at age four, his dad was transferred to South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain Resort. He responded to what he calls "a drastic change in climate" and started skiing, eventually cultivating thoughts of skiing on the World Cup and maybe at the Olympics.

After having his career-best season in 2009 (eighth in the World Cup rankings), Kashima started the 2010 season looking strong with a pair of World Cup top 10 finishes. However, a blown knee sustained while preparing for the Deer Valley World Cup in January ended his season early and put his Olympic dreams on hold. Another knee injury in 2012 again put him on the rehab road. But that didn't stop him from a late-season comeback in 2013. With only five starts, Kashima locked in three top-ten results and earned a second and a third-place finish at his home mountain for the U.S. Championships. Then in the 2014 season Kashima went on to notch three top-ten finishes on some of the most difficult courses on the moguls circuit.

The past few years have been full of adversity for me. I’ve been through 5 knee surgeries, and I’m coming off of microfracture surgeries on both of my knees this spring. Although it’s tough missing time from competition and on-snow training, I’ve been able to focus on my weaknesses and become a better athlete in the process. Each time I go through rehab, I tell myself that this is the most time I’ve ever spent in the gym, but it couldn’t be truer this time around. I’m hopeful that I can string together some healthy, successful years on World Cup and have fun with my teammates.

When Dad, head golf pro at a course near El Paso, took a new administrative job with Heavenly Mountain Resort, young Kashima learned to ski. Heavenly has the photo-perfect Gunbarrel bump run looking straight at Lake Tahoe, which likely influenced Kashima as a young skier. "I'd see Travis Cabral, Chris Hernandez, and Travis Ramos and I thought moguls were pretty cool, so I started doing moguls. I was 11 or 12."

Kashima and his teammate Bryon Wilson are co-directors of ID One USA Pro Mogul camp in Whistler, BC. Last summer was their first year hosting the camp, and they had a great time sharing their passion with kids and adults of all ages in a great learning environment with awesome weather. They had several teammates help coach, which made for a great experience.



Teams: 2007, 2009, 2011

6th, MO, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009

7th, DM, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, 2007

10th, DM, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009

18th, DM, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

30th, MO, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, 2007

WORLD CUP (highlights)
Three top-10 finishes in 2014
With only five starts in the 2013 season, earned three top-ten results
First three World Cup podiums, 2012

Finished the World Cup season 8th in the moguls standings, 2009

16-time top-10 finisher on the World Cup

DM, Squaw Valley, CA, 2009
DM, Killington, VT, 2006

2nd, U.S. National Championships, DM, Heavenly, CA, 2013
3rd, U.S. National Championships, DM, Heavenly, CA, 2013
Six-time NorAm podium finisher including two victories