I grew up snowboarding in two of the best states for the sport: Colorado and Utah.
The world-class ski mountains in these neighboring states were key factors that allowed me to represent our country in two Olympics and numerous X Games.
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Born in Toledo, Ohio, on April 10, 1981, snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler spent the bulk of her formative years living in Colorado.The beach volleyball player is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, competing in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 games.Less than three months after winning her first gold medal, May tied the knot with professional baseball player Matt Treanor.She started snowboarding at the age of 11, taking it on after her three older brothers introduced it to her. In 1996, just five years after taking up snowboarding, she turned pro. In an age when sports like snowboarding were coming into vogue, Bleiler made an impact.A year after graduating from Aspen High School, she joined U. By the early 2000s, she was one of the top female riders in the world.