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US Snowboarding Bio
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Callan was raised in rural Alaska, 500 miles away from the nearest chairlift in one of the most remote areas in North America. She started snowboarding when she was seven on a small hill behind her grandpa’s house, advancing to nearby peaks, following her big brother and family up and down mountains on snowmachine.
Her progression was somewhat backwards, as she spent her first years on a snowboard in the Alaskan backcountry and later moved to a ski resort with her family when she was 12, where formal training and competition began. She is a Boardercross (SBX) and hard boots/gates specialist.
In 2006, she earned a berth on the U.S. Snowboard Team. She landed on the podium in her first World Cup snowboardcross in Japan, taking the Bronze medal. The same season brought a double title of 2007 U.S. National Champion and Junior National Champion in Boardercross and a 4th-place in World Cup Finals.
2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver
2010 Arctic Man Champion
2010 Valdez Extreme, King of The Hill
2006-2010 Winter X Games
2009 South America Continental Cup – Bronze medal
2008 The NorthFace Masters, Alaska
2008 FIS World Junior Championships – Silver medal
2008 Jeep King of the Mountain World Professional Snowboard Champion
2008 Team Ultracross – Gold medal Lake Placid U.S. World Cup
2007 US National Champion and Junior National Champion – Boardercross
2006 US Junior National Champion – Parallel Giant Slalom
2004 Arctic Winter Games – Overall Snowboard Champion, ‘Fair Play’ Award
Callan is a 2010 Winter Olympian and the Arctic Man Champion, finishing the season with the infamous Valdez Extreme, King of the Hill.
She was thrilled to be 5th in New Zealand’s World Heli Challenge and intends to chase the World Freeride Tour in between World Cup events.
The powder days at Mt. Alyeska and the Alaskan backcountry are the essence of snowboarding for her.
Nickname/why: “Alaska”. Sometimes people can’t pronounce my name, but they remember where I’m from.
Home: Girdwood, Alaska
Home away from home: The airport
Stance: Front: 21 degrees, Back: 9 degrees Size: 5'4"/162 cm Weight: 135 lbs/61.2 kilo
Sponsors: Ocean Beauty Seafoods, GCI, The NorthFace,
Snowboarding, Why: Because it feels so good! There's nothing better!
Spot: Las Lenas, Argentina
Country: Argentina and Japan
Trick: A beautiful cliff drop is as good as any 360
Success: Feeling moments of progression
Contest: Team Boardercross Exhibition in Lake Placid, New York
Movie: The TB movies. I grew up watching them with my older brother; they're always what I think of when I think of snowboarding.
Drink: Odwalla Superfood
Experience: Growing up in a place like no other – Alaska.
Dream: Having the privilege to spend my entire life snowboarding
Spot: In the fish hold of a commercial fishing boat
Country: Doesn't exist
Trick: Iron Cross
Success: Being a "good volleyball player" on my highschool team : )
Contest: The Hot Dog Run in elementary school... when you’re slow, you’re slow.
Sound: My grandfather’s hearing aid
Movie: Clash of The Titans
Drink: A bad energy drink
Experience: Crashing my bicycle in kindergarten
Dream: Scary ones
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