Hannah TETER

Born January 27th, 1987, in Belmont, Vermont, Hannah Teter grew up with three snowboarding brothers always following them around and trying to do what they did. By watching her brother Abe doing some jibbing in the backyard the young girl quickly fall in love with snowboarding.

"From the very beginning I thought wow this is so much fun. It's such a cool way to express yourself" Teter recalled her first memories connected to the sport which would allow her so much in the up-coming years.

Totally hit with this stylish way to enjoy the snow and inspired by her brothers competing in halfpipe contests, she pushed herself ending up at the highest level to imagine.

After she captured the 2002 Junior Worlds title in Rovaniemi, Finland, where the 15-years-old became the first woman to land a 900 in a halfpipe competition, her career picked up an incredible pace.

In 2003 the South Lake Tahoe, California, resident became the youngest member of the US national team also winning her first World Cup stop in Sapporo, Japan.

But the biggest success of the X Games God medalist's career was beyond doubt the 2006 Torino Olympics Gold medal which she promptly earned at age 18 after the 2002 forerunner had made the Olympic squad.

Ever since, the 2005 World Championships Bronze medallist started to give something back. "Snowboarding is my biggest passion which led me so far. I wanted to help out."

Teter founded Hannah's Gold, a charity tried to develop Kirindom, a town in Kenia. By selling maple syrup, and cotton/hemp sweatbands, Hannah's Gold has raised more than $60,000. In addition, one of the world's best female halfpipe riders ever also started to donate all of her 2009 price money to her charity in order to benefit the people there with water filtration systems and the promise of further growth.

But despite all foundation work, her snowboard career is still on full speed. After claiming Silver at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, Hannah aims for her third Olympic medal at Sochi 2014.