After Winter X, the 20-year-old traveled to Cypress, CAN, for an FIS World Cup event held on the 2010 Olympic course. He got the holeshot in his first heat but lost speed and positions. While trying to catch the pack, he overshot a landing, crashed and landed on his chest.
"I want to win the [Winter] X Games because that's really a race for me," Piccard says. "But the Olympic Games are my destiny. My older brother, Franck, was an Olympic champion in Calgary and it's been itching me. I want to win the Olympics."
The six-time Winter X competitor and 2008 Slopestyle bronze medalist from Newport Beach, Calif., turned pro in 2004 and hasn't looked back. She's competed in oodles of contests, landed on a ton of podiums and competed in two separate Winter X Games disciplines over the course of seven years.
But snowboarding is just one facet of the petite, blond ripper's always-active life. Take the fall of 2008. Between snowboarding forays, Sladics partnered with her best friend, professional surfer Rochelle Ballard, to produce a yoga DVD called "Surf into Yoga with Rochelle Ballard." The DVD was a hit, selling out internationally.
The 26-year-old sled and dirtbike freestyle specialist from Ellsworth, Wisc., had the best stable of sled tricks in the early days of the snowmobile freestyle movement (2003-04). But after two years of disappointment at Winter X, Hoyer finally harnessed his substantial talent in 2009 and claimed the silver medal. It seemed like a long time coming.
We caught up with Walker as he was about to board a flight to Austria for World Cup races where he went on to place 21st in Slalom and eighth in Giant Slalom.
Though he now has seven total Winter X medals, Dumont's WX career started modestly back in 2002 when he finished 16th in Slopestyle. A year later, Dumont's "put-me-in-coach" attitude promoted him off the alternate list and into the SuperPipe comp. While he lacked consistency, he turned heads with his amplitude. He made the final and finished 8th.
Frisby has already shepherded one of his students to the top: A few years ago, he helped Joe Parsons get his start in sled freestyle. Just a few months later as a rookie at Winter X12, Parsons scored a silver medal in Snowmobile Freestyle. He returned in 2009 and snared gold. Parsons even used Heath's signature Frisby Air as a key component in his runs.
Now, Frisby has a new project: 20-year-old Isaac Sherbine from Bellevue, Idaho, one of the top up-and-coming sled freestylers who, like Parsons, has learned much from Frisby.
Wallisch earned his first invite to Winter X in 2010 based on his 2009 results. He also started the 2009/10 campaign hot; he captured second in Slopestyle at the season-opening Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge stop in December.