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Female Participation in Snowboarding on the Rise Hot

2849578560_fff7e5dc6bWith influences like Bright, Dakides, and Teter, females are taking an interest in snowboardingWho says girls can’t play hard like boys do? Snowboarding is intense, raw, and certainly can be dangerous—a perfect sport for any adrenaline junkie. But in an aggressive winter sport majorly dominated by males, there has been a continuous uprising in eager and talented females to narrow the gender gap in snowboarding participation. Even a few notable female riders have excelled to incredible accomplishments, riding as good as, if not better than their male competition.

Australian-born Torah Bright turned pro as a 14-year old and has participated in over 50 different competitions around the world. The pretty-faced 24-year old is now one of the most photographed female snowboarders in the world and appears in countless newspapers, billboard campaigns, and magazines. Bright has even gone animated for the X-Box game, Amped 2. It is all in a day’s work after claiming the top spot for 2010’s US Open in the halfpipe competition in addition to her participation in the World Superpipe Championships. More notably, this tough cookie swiped the gold medal for her halfpipe victory in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics even after suffering two concussions during practices.

When Tara Dakides isn’t pursuing a career in music, she’s proving her strength and talents as a pro-snowboarder. Hailed by many as the best female snowboarder in the world, this 35-year old California girl won gold in X Games Big Air two years in a row for the X Games in 2000 and 2001. A dangerous 15-foot fall off of a ramp in 2004 during a stunt for the Late Show with David Letterman didn’t stop her career—she kept on riding and continued to win numerous awards. In her spare time, she also uses her charm and smile to appear on the covers of Sports Illustrated for Women, Rolling Stone, and Maxim all while co-owning the company, O-Matic Snowboards and speaking on behalf of the environmental non-profit organization, Surfrider Foundation.

Raised in a snowboarding family, Vermont’s Hannah Teter was snowboarding before she was 8-years old. At 23, she has been nominated for three Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) awards and was named the first female snowboarder to land 900 in a competition in 2002. She also has six World Cup Victories in her career. In 2006, Teter took her Gold medal for halfpipe in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, despite the recoveries she was making from two surgeries she underwent for her injured knee the year before. In addition to her notable accomplishments, she found time in 2008 to develop a charity called Hannah’s Gold. This charitable foundation raises money for poverty-stricken countries through pure Vermont maple syrup sales.

Step aside boys, these three courageous ladies have set examples for their comrade female athletes. While Teter, Dakides, and Bright other female snowboarding athletes continue to inspire females to take on this adventurous sport, participation in snowboarding continues to rapidly increase, filling the barrier between male and female rivalry.

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