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45. Elena Hight

Photograph By Brett Wilhelm/ESPN

In May 2012, Elena Hight landed a trick in the halfpipe no woman had ever done before, and no woman has done since. It's called a double backside alley-oop rodeo, and to qualify its difficulty, it is the same trick Shaun White had been trying -- and failing -- to add into his competition run.

White tried to land it during the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in December 2012, but he fell. So when Hight dropped in for her first run in the SuperPipe final the following month at X Games Aspen 2013, no one -- no men, and no White -- had ever thrown and landed it in competition. Hight landed the trick flawlessly on her final jump, breaking a barrier not just for women but men as well.