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Danny Davis: Down but Not Out Hot

dannydavisTo avid snowboarders, Danny Davis is a recognizable name. This 22 year-old Michigan native knows his way around a mountain. At 18, Davis was voted Rookie of the Year by Transworld Snowboarding Riders Poll Awards and Snowboarder Magazine. He was voted in the top 10 riders by Snowboarder Magazine in 2008.

As a member of the Frends Crew consisting of Scotty Lago, Mason Aguirre, Keir Dillon, Kevin Pearce, Mikkel Bang, and Jack and Luke Mitrani, Davis came on to the circuit with blazing guns. He continued to prove himself as a top rider by achieving high rank at event after event. Davis predominantly competes in pipe, slopestyle and rail and his approach is most commonly described as skateboard style.

Davis took first place at the 2006 Nippon Open in Bandai, Japan for superpipe and then again at the US Open in Stratton, Vermont for quarterpipe. But most notable for that year was his first place for halfpipe at the US Grand Prix in Breckenridge.

In 2007, Davis he earned a top spot and three second place spots in rail, superpipe and two halfpipe contentions. He took first in the Winter Dew Tour at Breckenridge in 2008. Two more first place awards were collected in 2009 at the Burton European Open and again at the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge.

After winning first at the US Grand Prix of Snowboarding in Mammoth Mountain, California, Davis was slated to obtain a spot on the Olympic team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Following an unprecedented score higher than snowboard great, Shaun White, Davis celebrated with a bit too much vigor.  He was seriously injured in an ATV accident calling off all hope of competing at the world games.

Davis rode into an iron gate and shattered his pelvis. He had three lumbar vertebrae fused together and several screws put in to keep him together. Since then he’s been recovering and working on getting back on the circuit.

Danny Davis is still full of vigor and makes an entrance wherever he goes. No injury will set him back and he strives to do what he does best – win snowboarding competitions.

 

-Colleen Flynn

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