One of the purest raw talents in any event on the FIS Freestyle World Cup, at just 17 years of age Torin Yater-Wallace has already risen through the ranks to become one of the best halfpipe skiers in the world.
Hailing from the skiing mecca of Aspen, Colorado, Torin started cutting his teeth on the slopes of Aspen Snowmass at one and half years old, and by the age of 7 was honing the skills that would eventually elevate him to superstar status as a member the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.
It would probably be wrong to describe Torin's rise through the ranks of halfpipe skiing as "meteoric," then. More accurately it just, simply, was.
In 2011 he claimed his first X-Games medal - a halfpipe silver - at the age of 15, making him the third youngest competitor to ever suit up for Winter X and the youngest competitor period to claim a medal there. By the time he had reached 16 he had followed this performance up with a win in his first ever World Cup event at La Plagne, FRA, a bronze at X-Games Europe, and another bronze at the Winter X-Games at home in Aspen.
Since then, he's gone on to claim three more X-Games medals (including back-to-back wins at the 2012 and 2013 Euro X-Games), take down four more World Cup podiums (including a win at the February 2013 Olympic test event in Sochi), and notch a silver at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Oslo, NOR.
On Torin's best day, there are few in the world who can touch what the young American is capable of in the halfpipe. And, unfortunately for his competition, his best days often come during the biggest events. With his win at last year's test event in Sochi, the mental edge may already be Torin's heading into the Olympic debut for ski halfpipe. And that, combined with his unassailable bag of tricks, may be all he needs to be unbeatable.