Gretchen Bleiler up for another ESPY
Aspen CO, Colorado
ASPEN ” Aspen’s Gretchen Bleiler has been nominated for an ESPY in the Best Female Action Sport Athlete category.
Bleiler was also nominated for an ESPY in 2006 after winning the silver medal in halfpipe at the Olympics. Longtime halfpipe rival and friend Hannah Teter ” who took the gold at the Olympics ” won the award that year.
Bleiler got her recent ESPY nod following another successful season where she earned a win in the season-opening U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix and added her third Winter X Games gold medal in front of her hometown fans. She also became the first action sports female to grace the cover of ESPN the magazine, and just the fourth female ever to appear on the magazine.
Bleiler’s competition for the ESPY includes U.S. Snowboarding teammate Lindsey Jacobellis.
The boardercrosser from Stratton Mountain, Vt., also won gold at this year’s Winter X Games, her fourth overall. She also dominated international boardercross competition, winning the World Cup opener in Chile and three other World Cup events to finish second overall in the world standings.
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